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). You should also seek independent legal advice.
- Current court matters – Matters involving court proceedings are regulated by the Rules of Court and the general practice of the court. In most cases, the court decides on the conduct of court proceedings. The Law Society’s process does not provide an alternative way to resolve a legal dispute.The Law Society will not get involved in any related legal disputes and cannot provide legal advice or opinion. The Law Society cannot compel a lawyer to withdraw from a file.