Legal coaching: An emerging legal practice model

An innovative new area of unbundled practice is taking root in Nova Scotia: legal coaching.

Lawyers and firms in the province are beginning to promote ‘legal coaching’ among their legal services offerings. Here are just a few examples – if your firm offers legal coaching as well, please keep us posted!

  • Ron Pizzo of Pink Larkin is now a CPCC – Certified Professional Co-active Coach. He offers coaching in the workplace to professionals, leaders and teams, bringing his labour and employment law insights to help explore and resolve workplace challenges. Find out more in his column, “A Lawyer Who Likes to Coach: What’s Up with That?”, posted November 16, 2017 on the firm’s blog.
  • The family law team at Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP offers legal coaching along with unbundled services and limited scope retainers, for appropriate cases in which clients wish to represent themselves.
  • Through MMC Legal Services in New Minas, Michelle Morgan-Coole offers legal coaching for disability-related matters, human rights claims and other areas of service.

Few lawyers and members of the public are familiar with this emerging practice model. For more information, follow the ongoing legal coaching initiative of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. While some lawyers have been coaching clients informally for years, the goal of the NSRLP project is to formalize and expand this new model of unbundling. Its initial focus is to develop a training program for family lawyers interested in integrating legal coaching into their practices.

Also see:
Legal coaching: A win-win for clients and the bar
Canadian Lawyer | May 29, 2017 | By Nikki Gershbain

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