Part 4 – Obligations of Lawyers and Law Firms

4.1 Compliance obligations of lawyers

List of obligations

4.1.1 A practicing lawyer must:

  1. pay fees annually in accordance with subregulations 4.2.2 and 4.2.4;
  2. pay other fees in accordance with subregulation 4.2.3;
  3. unless exempted from doing so by subregulation 4.1.8 or subregulation 6.6.2, maintain a minimum of $1,000,000.00 of liability insurance in the form provided by the Association;
  4. file the Annual Lawyer Report prescribed by subregulation 4.3.2;
  5. satisfy the continuing professional development requirements prescribed by Regulation 8.3; and
  6. if applicable, provide notice to the Society as prescribed by Regulation 4.4.

Required payments

4.1.2 A practicing lawyer must, by June 30 of each year:

  1. pay the practising fee prescribed by Schedule A;
  2. unless exempted from doing so by subregulation 4.1.8 or subregulation 6.6.2, pay the amount due to the Association as prescribed by Schedule A;
  3. pay the amount prescribed by Schedule A to be contributed to the Fund; and
  4. if applicable, provide notice to the Society as prescribed by Regulation 4.4.

(a) pay the practising fee prescribed by Schedule A;

(b) unless exempted from doing so by subregulation 4.1.8 or subregulation 6.6.2, pay the amount due to the Association as prescribed by Schedule A;

(c) pay the amount prescribed by Schedule A to be contributed to the Fund; and

(d) pay the amount prescribed by Schedule A to be contributed to the fund established pursuant to s. 60(2)

of the Act.

Pre-authorized payment plan

4.1.3 Despite subregulation 4.1.2, a practicing lawyer or law firm may pay the annual fees by means of a preauthorized payment plan in a form prescribed by the Executive Director.

Other fees

4.1.4 A practicing lawyer or law firm must pay any special assessments, surcharges or transaction fees by the

dates prescribed by Schedule A.

Practising certificate

4.1.5 Following receipt of the items listed in subregulation 4.1.2, the Executive Director will issue a practicing

certificate to each practising lawyer and make available a receipt for fees.

Obligations of non-practising members

4.1.6 A non-practising member must by June 30 of each year pay the fee prescribed by Schedule A.

Obligations of retired members

4.1.7 A retired member must by June 30 of each year, pay the fee prescribed by Schedule A.

Insurance exemption

4.1.8 The following practising lawyers are exempt from maintaining the liability insurance provided by the

Association:

(a) a practising lawyer employed by a department of the Government of Canada;

(b) a practising lawyer whose only practice is as an adjudicator under the Small Claims Court Act and who

files with the Executive Director satisfactory proof of that fact,

(c) a practising lawyer who:

(i) is also a lawyer in good standing of another Law Society of Canada with a current practising

certificate in that jurisdiction,