Withdrawal of Services Learning Module

Introduction and Objectives

The objectives of the Withdrawal of Services module are to:
  • help you to understand that you must not place your client in a position of disadvantage or harm as a result of withdrawing legal services;
  • help you recognize the circumstances in which a lawyer must withdraw services, and the circumstances in which a lawyer may withdraw services; and
  • learn the procedure for withdrawing services.

Navigating this Module

This module features these components:
Written Material: There are circumstances in which a lawyer must withdraw services, and circumstances in which a lawyer may withdraw services. This module discusses both types of circumstances, as well as the procedure for withdrawing services.  The module flags some key considerations including the transfer of file content to new counsel.
Test: The test for this module features a fact pattern followed by a question. Test questions are drawn from the written material only.
Although we aim to present a comprehensive module, this module is not exhaustive. This module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.
This module was updated in January 2018. As you read through this module, if you find any information that is unclear, inaccurate or outdated, please advise the Law Society.


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  1. Withdrawal of Legal Services

  2. When You Must Withdraw Services

  3. When You May Withdraw Services

  4. Withdrawal for Non-payment of Fees

  5. Withdrawal From Criminal Proceedings

  6. Procedure for Withdrawing Services

  7. Procedure for Withdrawing Services (continued)

  8. End of Lesson