Feedback Sought on New Conflict of Interest Rules
The Law Society's Professional Responsibility Committee is currently considering commentary for new conflict of interest rules in the Code of Conduct. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada approved its final version of conflict of interest rules for the Model Code of Professional Conduct in December 2011. Since then the Law Society has been reviewing the Federation’s model rules. The Professional Responsibility Committee drafted fifteen new conflict rules based on the Federation’s Model Code, which were approved in principle by the Benchers in June 2012.
The Professional Responsibility Committee has been working through the summer to draft commentary for the fifteen proposed rules. The Committee is attempting to preserve essential elements of the Federation’s model, while also making the conflicts Rules consistent with Alberta practice. The commentary is not currently available for distribution. A final version of rules and commentary will be presented to the Benchers for approval on September 27 and 28, 2012.
Comment and feedback from lawyers is invited.
To review the Federation’s Model Conflict Rules please click here
To review the draft Rules 2.04 (1) through (15) please click here
Written feedback may be provided to the Law Society Practice Advisors, Ross McLeod, QC at firstname.lastname@example.org and Nancy Carruthers at email@example.com.
The deadline for receipt of feedback is September 4, 2012.