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Changes coming to B.C. Legal Directory

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 1:00 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Starting in 2018, there will be some major changes to the directory of lawyers and legal services produced by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC).

The British Columbia Legal Directory, which was a print publication for 30 years, is now available strictly online. Currently, it is only accessible to CBABC members and those with special non-member access, but in what the CBABC calls “early 2018” it will be opened up to the public.

Along with that change, the website will offer expanded search capabilities. Now, lawyer profiles can be searched by name, location and language(s) spoken, but the CBABC is working on adding a search function for areas of practice, with the goal of making it easier for clients and referring lawyers to find members of the bar.

The website, which has been optimized for mobile devices, allows all practising lawyers in the province to post a basic profile for free. CBABC members have the option of posting an enhanced profile consisting of a photo, biography and up to three areas of practice. Non-CBABC members wanting the enhanced profile option can pay $175 annually for it.

According to the CBABC, any lawyer who appeared in the 2017 directory will be part of the new 2018 version. Opting out can be done through the member profile page.

The CBABC is looking for comments, input and feedback about the directory. They can be submitted via e-mail.