Regulatory Developments in Ontario

Several significant motions passed at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Convocation meeting today, including a motion dealing with a name change and a motion dealing with alternative business structures.

With respect to the name change, “Convocation voted overwhelmingly to change the Law Society’s name at its next meeting in November and to discontinue use of the words “Upper Canada.” For more details, see here. A lively debate on this issue that took place before today’s vote can also be found at on here.

Regarding alternative business structures, “Convocation approved, in principle, a policy to permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations.” For more details, see here.