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Client Identification Requirements (By-Law 7.1 – Law Society of Upper Canada)

To combat fraud, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), which governs lawyers and law firms practicing in the Province of Ontario, Canada, has amended its Bylaw 7.1 which now requires the identification and verification of Ridout & Maybee LLP’s clients; Similar regulations are now also in place in most other Canadian jurisdictions.

The following information must now be obtained by us to comply with LSUC identification requirements.

Individual:

  • Full name
  • Home address and home telephone number
  • Business address and phone number (if any)
  • E-mail address (if any)
  • Occupation(s)

 Organization:

  • Organization’s full name
  • Organization’s business address and phone number
  • Organization’s incorporation or business identification number and the place of issuance, if applicable
  • The general nature of the type of business or businesses of activity or activities engaged in by the organization (not required if the organization is a financial institution, government body or a company that is not a private company)
  • Name, position and contact information of all individuals authorized to provide instructions on behalf of the organization

 Exceptions:

  • Where we are acting as agent for another lawyer or paralegal licensed by LSUC who has already identified the client
  • Where we are acting for a client who has been referred to us by another lawyer or paralegal licensed by LSUC who has already identified the client

For questions relating to client identification requirements, please feel free to contact us.

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