LSBC Discipline Alert: Standards Not Relaxed When Lawyer is Acting Pro Bono

February 13, 2012

As noted by Courthouse Libraries BC, the Law Society recently issued a Discipline Alert, reminding BC lawyers that “quality of service requirements are the same for pro bono or legal aid work”.

“It is important for lawyers to remember that just because they are not asking for, or receiving their usual fees for services, does not mean they are exempted from providing services that meet the expected standard.

If a lawyer does not have the capacity to give a client matter the proper attention necessary to ensure that the services meet the expected standard, then the lawyer should decline to act for the client, regardless of whether the services will be paid for by the client, by LSS, or provided pro bono.”

For more discipline alerts, visit the Law Society of BC website.

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