Looking to 2018: New name for the Law Society

Posted: 12/20/2017

Law Society of Ontario. Barreau de l'Ontario.As the end of the year draws near, we provide further information regarding The Law Society of Upper Canada’s name change to the Law Society of Ontario and how this impacts you.

Starting January 1, 2018 we will start using the name the Law Society of Ontario. We will update our existing logo with the new name, which will appear on documentation and online materials. You will also be able to use the website address www.lso.ca.

The new name will be phased-in over a 12-month period. During this transition period, both names will continue to be used. The Law Society of Upper Canada will be carrying on business as the Law Society of Ontario until the Law Society Act has been amended.

How does this impact you?

There are no immediate requirements for you to make any changes to your stationery or references to being licensed by The Law Society of Upper Canada in your written or online materials. A reference to The Law Society of Upper Canada will be interpreted as the Law Society of Ontario. While there is no immediate requirement to make any changes, we do encourage licensees to use the new name as and when possible.

New licensees will continue to be licensed by The Law Society of Upper Canada until the Law Society Act has been amended. Once that occurs, there is no requirement to update your Call to the Bar or Licensing certificate to reflect the new name. However, should you wish to have a new certificate with the new name, a process for arranging for replacements at cost-recovery will be developed and communicated once the legislative change is complete.

What happens next?

This name change is the first step in a broader plan to better engage with the public and inform them about services available from the Law Society.

In 2018, several activities will focus on increased engagement with the public. These include:

  • Launch of a new website that will be easier to navigate and will highlight services available to the public. The website’s content will also aim to better explain the role of lawyers and paralegals and to develop a clearer understanding of the legal professions and their support of the public;
  • An awareness campaign to enhance understanding of the role of lawyers and paralegals; and
  • The introduction of a refreshed logo for the organization.

Implementation of the public engagement activities will begin in late spring.

Happy Holidays

All of us at the Law Society wish you a happy holiday and all the best for 2018.

The Law Society will be closed on the following days over the holidays:

  • Friday, December 22
  • Monday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 26
  • Friday, December 29
  • Monday, January 1, 2018

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at: communications@lsuc.on.ca