Do you rely on referral fees in your law practice? Are you a personal injury or real estate lawyer? Do you have concerns about how lawyers and paralegals are currently advertising their services?
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) is considering making amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and/or the by-laws that govern lawyer advertising and fee arrangements and would like to hear from you. You have until September 30, 2016 to provide your input.
What are the Issues?
As set out in the June Report to Convocation, the LSUC Professional Regulation Committee established a Working Group in February in order to “obtain a better understanding of current advertising, referral fee and contingency fee practices in a range of practice settings, including real estate, personal injury, criminal law and paralegal practices. . .” It appears from the report that the public, lawyers, or other interested groups have been urging the LSUC to limit referral and contingency fees and take action to ensure “truth and clarity” in advertising practices.
Your Input is Needed:
The LSUC is looking for input from licensees on a variety of issues, including those summarized below: