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2017 Releases

  • 2018 Insurance Program (Sept. 28, 2017)
    Convocation of the Law Society of Upper Canada approves LAWPRO's 2018 insurance program for the Ontario Bar. Data analysis leads to refinements in risk-rating.


2016 Releases

  • 2017 Insurance Program (Sept. 22, 2016)
    Convocation of the Law Society of Upper Canada approves LAWPRO's 2017 insurance program for the Ontario Bar. Base premium decreased to $2,950 plus strategies to promote access to justice.

  • LAWPRO receives “A” rating from A.M. Best Co. (Aug. 16, 2016)
    A.M. Best Co. awarded Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company a financial strength rating of “A” and an issuer credit rating of “a” for the sixteenth consecutive time.

  • Kathleen A. Waters to receive OBA Award of Excellence in Real Estate (May 24, 2016)
    On June 22nd, the Ontario Bar Association will present LAWPRO President and CEO Kathleen A. Waters with the Award of Excellence in Real Estate.



2015 Releases



2014 Releases

  • LAWPRO base premium stable for fifth consecutive year (Sept. 24, 2014)
    Strong financial results and a moderating claims count have allowed LAWPRO to hold the base premium for the mandatory insurance program at $3,350 for the fifth consecutive year. 2015 marks 20 years of LAWPRO operating primary insurance program.

    For more details of the 2015 insurance program, see our Report to Convocation.

  • LAWPRO receives "A" rating from A.M. Best Co. (June 2, 2014)
    A.M. Best Co. has awarded Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of "a" for the fourteenth consecutive time. In addition, A.M. Best Co. gave LAWPRO a "stable" outlook for the third year in a row.



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Teranet, the Law Society and LPIC announce joint venture in BAR-eX
Toronto - January 31, 2001: Teranet Enterprises Inc., the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LPIC) have signed a master agreement to be joint venture participants in BAR-eX Communications Inc. (formerly named the Lawyers' Workbench).

The three joint venture participants will work together to enhance the range of content and functionality available through the BAR-eX™ site, providing Ontario's legal profession with a new technology-based tool that offers lawyers improved communication, information flow and educational opportunities.

To support the BAR-eX portal as the preferred electronic source of services for lawyers, the Law Society and LPIC will provide the BAR-eX site with content. In return, each organization will be a five per cent shareholder in BAR-eX. The eight-person BAR-eX Board of Directors will comprise of representatives from Teranet, one representative from each of the Law Society and LPIC, and two independent members selected jointly by the three joint venture parties.

The BAR-eX web site entered its pre-launch phase at the January, 2000 Canadian Bar Association-Ontario (CBA-O) Institute. It currently offers the legal community a host of convenience services including an internet search capability through BARflyer™, Canada's only legal-specific Internet search engine; online access to government services, a current awareness service tailored to practice area, discussion forums, web mail and a career centre. At this year's CBA-O Institute, BAR-eX is launching Canada's first e-marketplace for the legal community.

From a standing start 12 months ago, the BAR-eX site now has close to 4,000 registrants and attracts over 2,500 unique users each week with over 40,000 page views - and these numbers are growing.

"Lawyers need to be able to focus on practising law and serving their clients rather than having to spend time on back office administrative issues," says Chris Valentine, Managing Director of BAR-eX Communications Inc. "BAR-eX meets this need, by providing one-stop access to a range of tools, products and resources that will help streamline the legal practice. Working with LPIC and the Law Society, we'll create an online community that provides a supportive network for lawyers."

According to Malcolm Heins, who was instrumental in LPIC's participation in the project while he was President and CEO at LPIC, the BAR-eX portal facilitates access to and use of technology by the legal profession. "At LPIC, we saw first hand the benefits of incorporating technology- based tools and solutions in law practice and have actively promoted use of these types of tools through initiatives such as TitlePLUS and practicePRO. BAR-eX is an extension of LPIC's initiatives to help lawyers access technology - and takes this strategy to a new level," says Heins, now CEO of the Law Society.

Larry Banack, a Law Society Bencher and Chair of the Law Society's Technology Task Force, calls the portal, "a unique opportunity to 'level the playing field' for sole practitioners and small to mid-sized firms. It filters and refines the oceans of information and resources available on the World Wide Web to give all members of the legal community access to the tools they need to further their educational and strategic goals."

About BAR-eX Communications Inc.
The BAR-eX web site is the Ontario legal community's gateway to a broad range of practice enhancing tools and resources. Free registration entitles Ontario lawyers and their support staff to all these features, plus access to an integrated e-marketplace for a convenient one-stop shop for legal supplies and publications. Unique offerings include Province Wide Writs Searching and Filing, Property Searching, BARflyer - Canada's premiere legal search engine, and Secure Document Exchange. BAR-eX also boasts a variety of online community services that range from Discussion Forums, an Events Calendar a personalized Current Awareness Service, and free web mail, to a Directory of legal associations and organizations.

BAR-eX Communications Inc. was founded by Teranet Enterprises Inc. BAR-eX is a joint venture between Teranet, the Law Society of Upper Canada and The Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company.

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On or about October 2, 2017
LAWPRO online filing of Professional Liability Insurance renewal applications for 2018 is expected to begin. If you wish to file a paper application instead of filing online, please note that paper renewal applications will not be automatically mailed out, but it is expected that you will be able to download a 2018 pre-populated paper renewal application from our website starting on or about October 2, 2017.

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


 

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