The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (“the Law Society”) is authorized to regulate the practice of law and the legal profession in the public interest by the Law Society Act, 1999, SNL 1999, c. L-9.1 and is the sole regulatory body for all lawyers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Law Society is fully funded by lawyers who are required to pay various fees in order to practice. The Law Society serves the public interest by promoting a high standard of legal services and professional conduct and by ensuring that its method of regulation is dynamic and responsive to the challenges of a changing profession. The Law Society may act as an advocate on issues that affect the public interest in the practice of law.
The Law Society offers public services such as:
- A Law library which provides members of the public with free access to legal resources.
- A comprehensive online directory with lawyer contact information;
- A program which receives and responds to allegations about lawyers;
- An Assurance Fund which helps clients who have lost money because of the misappropriation or conversion of funds or property by a lawyer;