The definition of part-time practice refers to the term “professional time”. What kinds of activities are considered professional time?
- time spent in the actual practice of law
- time spent attending to the administration of the law office
- time spent on volunteer legal work (except pro bono professional services provided through Pro Bono Ontario)
- time spent in continuing legal education programs offered during business hours
- time spent as a director on a board if acting as a lawyer
- time spent traveling in your capacity as a lawyer (e.g. travel time to court, but not travel time going to and from work at the beginning and end of a day).
The following are examples of activities that should not be included in a calculation of professional time:
- any continuing education courses taken on weekends or in the evening
- time devoted to business development
- time spent as a director on a board if not acting as a lawyer
- social time spent with clients.
As well, since you are not in part-time practice for the current fiscal year, you will not qualify for the part-time practice premium discount for the next policy year.