Foreign Legal Consultants
Lawyers who are qualified to practise law in other countries may apply to Council to become a Foreign Legal Consultant in PEI. Once Council approves their application, the Consultant is then permitted to give advice and services to the public here about the law of their home country. A Foreign Legal Consultant is not qualified to give advice and services on PEI or Canadian law.
In addition to the Application to Practise as a Foreign Legal Consultant (Link), the following must accompany the Application:
- an original Certificate of Standing from each jurisdiction, inside and outside of Canada, in which the Applicant is or was a member (dated within the last 30 days);
- written confirmation that the Applicant has professional liability insurance or a bond or indemnity or other security in a form and amount that is reasonably comparable to that maintained by the Law Society of Prince Edward Island in its mandatory liability insurance program, and that specifically extends to the services rendered by the Applicant while acting as a foreign legal consultant in the Province of Prince Edward Island (currently at least $1,000,000 per claim and $2,000,000 in the aggregate);
- a notarized copy of the Applicant’s passport, driver’s license or other government issued photo identification;
- information regarding the nature of the Applicant’s practice and/or law-related experience in his/her home jurisdiction(s);
- information regarding when the Applicant intends to commence acting as a Foreign Legal Consultant and the specific matter(s) the Applicant will be working on while acting as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Prince Edward Island;
- Two reference letters regarding the Applicant’s good character and fitness to practise law from members of the legal profession in the jurisdiction in which the Applicant practises;
the Applicant’s address in Prince Edward Island, if applicable;
- Application fee.