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Acting as a mentor

LAWPRO believes that mentoring can reduce claims.

To encourage mentoring in the legal profession, LAWPRO has undertaken several initiatives, including publication of the managing a mentoring relationship booklet. More resources can be found on the managing a mentoring relationship page of the practicePRO website (

To address the insurance-related concerns of lawyers, we have clarified the treatment of surcharges that arise when a claim is made against a lawyer.

Specifically, the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company will waive any deductible and claims levy surcharge on any claim made against a lawyer mentor arising out of a mentoring relationship, provided that:

  • the mentor and mentee agreed to enter into a formal mentoring relationship, as evidenced by a written document of some kind;
  • the mentor had no contact with the mentee's client that would create a solicitor/client relationship; and
  • the mentee understood that they were responsible for individually and independently satisfying themselves of the soundness of any suggestions, recommendations or advice-like comments made by the mentor.

The written document evidencing the relationship does not have to be a formal signed mentoring agreement. It can be as simple as an e-mail acknowledging the relationship and the three terms listed above. The managing a mentoring relationship booklet contains a precedent of a simple mentoring agreement.

See also the FAQs section of this website.

Key DatesMore

October 31, 2017
Real estate and civil litigation transaction levies and forms are due for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

November 7, 2017
E-filing deadline: Renewal applications filed online on or before November 7 qualify for a $25 per lawyer e-filing discount applied to the 2018 insurance premium.

November 14, 2017
Renewal Application filing deadline: 2018 LAWPRO renewal applications filed after this date will be subject to a surcharge equal to 30 per cent of the base premium.


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