The Law Society of BC recently announced that its Ethics Committee is soliciting comments from lawyers on the non-conflicts portion of the Federation of Law Societies Model Code of Conduct, “with a view to adopting a version of that Code in place of the current Professional Conduct Handbook.” The Law Society does not expect the conflicts portion to be completed for several months; input from the profession on that portion will be sought when the Law Society begins its review of that portion.
The Committee notes that it “has accepted most of the rules from the Model Code, but proposes a number of significant changes to adapt it to the needs of the profession in British Columbia.” Lawyers are invited to submit their opinions on the non-conflicts portion of the BC Code to the Ethics Committee. The Committee, will consider all comments and ultimately present the Code to the Benchers for their consideration. Any feedback must be received by December 31, 2010.
For more information, please see the Notice from the Ethics Committee.