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My current coverage under the primary LSO program includes the Restricted Area of Practice Option because I only practise criminal law. A defendant client charged under the Civil Remedies Act is facing the seizure of property. Can I represent the client and maintain my Restricted Area of Practice Option?

If you have a Restricted Area of Practice option, you may represent a client on the above matter. Under the Restricted Area of Practice option you must restrict your practice to immigration and/or criminal law (including representing clients in matters considered to be quasi-criminal).

I work in a LAW FIRM that is a partnership of four LAWYERS. Three of the LAWYERS in LAW FIRM restrict their practice to criminal law. The fourth practises criminal law but also does some civil litigation work. Can the three who restrict their practice to criminal law choose the Restricted Area of Practice option?

LAWYERS who work in a partnership (general or LLP) or in a LAW CORPORATION (with more than one LAWYER) must choose the same practice options. As the fourth LAWYER in your LAW FIRM does not qualify for the Restricted Area of Practice option (as the LAWYER also does civil litigation work), none of the LAWYERS in your LAW FIRM can choose the Restricted Area of Practice option.

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