Special corporate legal advisor permits are for members of the Bar of a foreign country.
Holders of a special permit become members of the Barreau du Québec and have the same duties and obligations as other members of the Barreau du Québec: they must comply with the Code of Professional Conduct of Lawyers and hold professional liability insurance with coverage limited to $1 million and the activities authorized under the special permit.
The Regulation respecting the issuance of special permits of the Barreau du Québec defines the limits of each special permit.
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Note You must remain a member of your own Bar even after the Barreau du Québec issues you a permit.
You must provide the following documents:
Applications for a special permit are reviewed by the Secretary of the Order, who ensures that the conditions for the issue of a permit are met. If the conditions are met, the application for admission to the Barreau du Québec is referred to the Committee for Access to the Profession, which, pursuant to section 45 of the Act respecting the Barreau du Québec, must examine whether the applicant has the moral character, conduct, skills, knowledge and qualifications required to practice the profession.
Upon receipt of the decision of the Committee for Access to the Profession declaring the applicant eligible to practice the profession, the application for a special permit is submitted to the Board of Directors, which decides whether or not to issue a permit.
It takes at least three months to process an application for a special permit. If the application is incomplete, it may take longer. Moreover, the Committee for Access to the Profession may consider it necessary to meet with the applicant.
Once the Board of Directors decides to issue a special permit, you must follow the steps outlined below to be entered on the Roll of the Order and to be able to practice within the limits of your special permit:
Annual membership dues
You must pay the full amount of the annual membership dues for the current year to be entered on the Roll of the Order.
Professional liability insurance
You must take out professional liability insurance for members of the Barreau du Québec. You will be covered for $1 million.
Before being entered on the Roll of the Order, you must take an oath or pledge allegiance.
The permit application fee is $230, payable online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
Once you are entered on the Roll of the Order, you must pay the annual membership dues.
If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the Barreau du Québec handles or has handled your application, you may file a complaint with the Commissioner for Admission to Professions. You may also file a complaint if you are dissatisfied with other stages of the admission process.