Multi-Discipline Partnerships with Non-licensee Partner(s)
Under By-law 7 of the Law Society Act, licensees, including lawyers, may apply to the Law Society for approval to enter into partnership with non-licensee professionals who are qualified to practise a profession, trade or occupation that supports or supplements the licensee’s practice (such as accountants, patent agents, trademark agents, etc.). When these professionals (“non-licensee partner(s)”) enter into partnership with lawyers they are required to maintain professional liability insurance coverage through LAWPRO.
Who is eligible for this coverage and how to apply
All non-licensee partners who are in partnership with one or more lawyer(s) are required to secure professional liability insurance coverage through LAWPRO, and must complete a multi-discipline Application Form.
For detailed information on the mandatory insurance for non-licensee partner(s), see By-Law 7, Part II of the Law Society Act.
How much coverage do I have?
The LAWPRO policy provides a maximum of $1 million per claim and $2 million in the aggregate coverage for claims brought against you, as an insured non-licensee partner. The policy limits apply to both claims expenses and indemnity payments together.
If you are joining or establishing a Multi-Discipline Partnership (MDP)
Once the Law Society of Ontario has conditionally approved the partnership, a representative of the firm must contact LAWPRO for the MDP application form. For an application form contact Helen Payne at 416-598-5899 or 1-800-410-1013 or [email protected]
When approved, the policy will be put in place and policy documentation will be forwarded to the licensee.