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Multi-Discipline Practice and Multi-Discipline Partnership

Purpose

Lawyers and licensed paralegals may form a Multi-Discipline Practice with professionals who practise a profession, trade or occupation that supports or supplements their practice of law or provision of legal service (e.g., accountants, tax consultants, trademark and patent agents, etc.).

When a licensee and a professional enter into a formal partnership agreement, it is considered to be a Multi-Discipline Partnership. The licensee must comply with Part III of By-Law 7.

PROCESS UPDATE: Convocation has approved-in-principle a number of proposals including removing the requirement to apply for approval before entering into a Multi-Discipline Partnership and to file annual reports in respect of a Multi-Discipline Partnership. As of November 6, 2020, we will no longer require licensees to apply for a Multi-Discipline Partnership or submit an annual Multi-Discipline Partnership report. However, please be aware that the rules and requirements concerning Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships remain in effect. If you are interested in applying for a Multi-Discipline Partnership or have any questions about the changes, please contact us at lsforms@lso.ca. We anticipate the by-law amendments to follow early in 2021.

Insurance Requirements

Licensees are responsible for the actions of professional partners and must maintain professional liability insurance for all professional partners. Lawyers who enter into a Multi-Discipline Partnership must contact LAWPRO (https://www.lawpro.ca/) to obtain insurance for all non-licensee partners in the Multi-Discipline Partnership. Paralegals who enter into a Multi-discipline Partnership should contact their paralegal insurance provider to obtain coverage for all non-licensee partners.

Links to Applicable By-Law & Rules

Questions

All questions about Multi-Discipline Partnership applications should be directed to Complaints & Compliance by contacting the Law Society at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7380 x3315) and asking to be transferred, or emailing Complaints & Compliance using the Contact Page.

Accessibility

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Temporary Arrangements due to COVID-19 - Completed Applications & Inquiries

In support of public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Law Society staff are working remotely. The Law Society’s work at home plan will continue to be re-assessed as the situation develops based on recommendations from public health officials.

Until such time as the Law Society fully reopens its physical offices, we ask that you communicate with us electronically, or by phone, where ever possible. Emails may be sent to lsforms@lso.ca.

This arrangement may result in delays in our ability to respond to your communications and we ask for your patience as we adjust our operations to manage the dangers to the community posed by COVID-19.

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