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  • July 14, 2015
    YES, definitely - Over the years the roles of in-house counsel members have increased as with the number of lawsuits brought against the in-house counsel. Their in-house roles expand as their profile within the corporation is being raised. In-house counsel members have duties to various entities: The corporation including its board of directors and its shareholders The corporation’s employees Third parties such as the public and...
  • June 25, 2015
    The revised and consolidated Law Society Rules 2015 – adopted by The Benchers of The Law Society of British Columbia under the authority of the Legal Profession Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 9, will be effective as of July 1st, 2015. Primary objectives of the revision and consolidation are to: Re-number all rules and sub rules inconsecutive whole number order to eliminate decimal numbering Add headings to cross-references to aid reconition...
  • May 13, 2015
    B.C’s Minister of Finance Michael De Jong recently announced a new Bill 24, the Societies Act, to the British Columbia legislature back in March 2015. Since then it has received its third reading, and if passed it is anticipated that the new Societies Act will come into force in approximately 18 months after receiving royal consent.The new Societies Act is intended to:Replace the current Societies Act, which currently governs over 27,000...
  • April 16, 2015
    The Provincial Court of BC’s Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree has issued a notice (NP 04) to update lawyers and industry professionals on the court’s new Practice Directions and Notices to the Profession. NP 04 was effective as of February 23, 2015 and provided a list of: Notices to the profession General practice directions that have been rescinded or expired General practice directions that is currently operational According to...
  • March 17, 2015
    On December 29th, 2014 employees at the Law Society of BC came into work, logged onto their computers and were alarmed with a message that was sent to them from a group of hackers. The message stated that all their files have been encrypted and locked and they were advised to contact an address within 12 hours to pay an “extortion fee” to retrieve their data. If they did not pay within the 30 days, the information would be...
  • January 16, 2015
    Cyber Security Law Firms are a key target for hackers as they house large amounts of sensitive and confidential client data. Cyber specialist practitioners believe there will come a time when a prominent legal practice will be brought down due to a cyber attack breaching client confidentiality. Law firms that hold large quantities of confidential information are targets for hackers due to the belief that firms are behind the times with regards...

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