Delegation of Tasks and Supervision Learning Module

Introduction and Objectives

The objectives of the Delegation of Tasks and Supervision module are to:
  • help you to recognize what tasks may and may not be delegated to legal assistants; and
  • help you to appreciate that you have responsibilities to supervise non-lawyer staff members of your office.

Navigating this Module

This module features these components:
Written Material: It is often desirable and efficient to delegate certain tasks to your staff members. This module discusses what tasks you may not delegate to legal assistants and your obligations to supervise your non-lawyer staff.
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.
Test: The test for this module features a fact pattern and a question which is drawn from the written material only.
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 As you read through this module, if you find any information that is unclear, inaccurate or outdated, please advise the Law Society.


The information contained in these modules, including references to websites, appendices or links, has been prepared to assist readers as they develop or refresh their skills in the various areas of law covered by the modules. Given the changing nature of the law, readers should exercise their own skill and professional judgment when using the content. Always refer to the most current statutes, regulations, and practice directions, as well as the most recent case law and any other appropriate sources. These materials do not provide legal advice and should not be relied on in any way.
  1. Authority to Practise Law

  2. Legal Support Staff

  3. Legal Support Staff (continued)

  4. A Legal Assistant Must Not...

  5. A Legal Assistant May....

  6. Matters A Lawyer Must Personally Attend To

  7. Students-at-Law

  8. General Issues Related to Staffing

  9. End of Lesson