Outside Our Mandate

The Law Society addresses all information brought to our attention, but some matters may fall outside our mandate as regulator or may not pose a need for early intervention or discipline. You will be advised if we are unable to assist.

We may redirect or close matters at either the intake or assessment phase when:

  • The same matter, or a pattern of similar matters, about a lawyer has already been fully considered and decided upon by the Law Society.
  • It is an inappropriate use of our process or was reported dishonestly. 
  • It concerns dissatisfaction with the Law Society's discipline process.
  • If more than three years have passed since the date of the conduct or events, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • The person you are concerned about is not a lawyer in Alberta.
  • The information does not disclose conduct of a lawyer that poses a need for early intervention or discipline.
  • It should be addressed by another decision maker, such as:
    • Fees - We frequently receive information with regard to lawyers’ fees. Generally the proper course of action is a Fee Review and Assessment through the Courts. The Law Society may consider the ethical issues underlying a lawyer’s fees, but generally fee review is the first step. Please note that there is a limitation period for reporting concerns about fees.
    • Compensation - If the actions of your lawyer resulted in a financial loss due to theft or negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim with the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA). Please view ALIA’s website for detailed information and to access the ALIA claim form. You should also seek independent legal advice.
    • Ongoing litigation - Generally, it is within the Court’s jurisdiction to deal with these matters, particularly when the matter is still ongoing.