professional regulation


  • Pay attention to lawyers outside Toronto, say bencher hopefuls

    Pay attention to lawyers outside Toronto, say bencher hopefuls

    Mar 25, 2019

    Bencher candidates practising outside of the Greater Toronto Area say lawyers in their regions are looking for better communication from the Law Society of Ontario and support of local law associations and libraries.

  • Paralegals push for family law reform in election

    Paralegals push for family law reform in election

    Mar 18, 2019

    The Law Society of Ontario is in the midst of a major overhaul of the role of paralegals in family law — and a proposal on the issue could become an imminent issue for the regulator’s newly elected benchers.

  • Suspended lawyer runs for bencher

    Suspended lawyer runs for bencher

    Mar 18, 2019

    A Lawyer whose licence has been suspended after representing his wife in Small Claims Court will be allowed to run in the upcoming bencher election.

  • Candidates weigh possibility of Pro Bono Ontario levy

    Candidates weigh possibility of Pro Bono Ontario levy

    Mar 11, 2019

    Candidates for the Law Society of Ontario’s board are split on if and how a fee to support pro bono services should be incorporated into annual fees.

  • Solo lawyers, small firms strive for seats at Convocation

    Solo lawyers, small firms strive for seats at Convocation

    Mar 4, 2019

    Sole practitioners and small firms make up the majority of Ontario’s lawyers, and some say Convocation could benefit from more sole practitioners and small-firm lawyers, too.

  • Bencher hopefuls crunch the numbers on LSO fees

    Bencher hopefuls crunch the numbers on LSO fees

    Feb 25, 2019

    Candidates for the Law Society of Ontario’s board say the LSO’s $2,201 annual fee for lawyers is something they would scrutinize if elected.

  • Can long bencher ballot turn around turnout?

    Can long bencher ballot turn around turnout?

    Feb 18, 2019

    As the number of lawyers in Ontario has shot up, voter turnout in the law society’s bencher election has not kept pace, according to the law society’s statistics.

  • Push for discipline changes

    Push for discipline changes

    Feb 11, 2019

    With the 2019 bencher elections on the horizon, lawyers in the province are advocating for changes to be made to how the Law Society of Ontario handles disciplinary investigations upon discovering the lawyer in question may be dealing with a mental health issue.

  • Longtime LSO benchers take stand on governance

    Longtime LSO benchers take stand on governance

    Dec 10, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario’s recent decision to further cull the number of benchers at Convocation means that several longtime members will lose the rights either to speak or vote in the next few months.

  • Wake-up call

    Oct 29, 2018

    Much has been written in these pages in the past year about the silence in the legal profession around mental health issues.

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Law Times has interviewed bencher candidates from remote and rural areas, as well as outside the Greater Toronto Area, who say the Law Society of Ontario needs to pay greater attention to lawyers outside the city. Do you think the regulator needs to be more aware of the needs of lawyers outside Toronto, and other urban areas?
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