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Reciprocal insurance exchange raises ethical, access to justice questions | Julius Melnitzer

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 8:57 AM | By Julius Melnitzer

Whether lawyers have class is open to question. But a select group does have CLLAS.

CLLAS is not a typo. It is the acronym used by an elite group of about 15 law firms comprising some 5,000 lawyers who have banded together to incorporate a reciprocal insurance exchange, known as the Canadian Lawyers Liability Assurance Society, that provides them with excess insurance.

But the arrangement raises ethical and access to justice issues in a country where only a handful of national firms exist to serve a...