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Lawyers Employed by Designated Government Agencies

Lawyers employed by government in certain agencies provide services to members of the public, typically to enhance access to justice. These lawyers do not qualify for exemption because their practice is not restricted to services provided “for and on behalf of the employer.”

However, our analysis of the claims history for this work reveals that it is low risk compared to general private practice. Therefore a premium discount equal to 75 per cent of the base rate has been introduced to lawyers employed by Designated Agencies where the lawyers only provide professional services to third parties pursuant to their employment and on a no-fee basis. These lawyers will also be exempt from payment of the civil litigation transaction levy provided the services that would normally give rise to the levy are provided in the course of the lawyer’s employment with a Designated Agency.

Designated agency(ies) means the following employers for the purposes of the professional liability program:

  • Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Office of the Employer Adviser
  • Office of the Worker Adviser

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