Working from a home office or sharing workspace is becoming increasingly common as a means for lawyers to reduce the overhead costs of their law practices. Whether you are starting out in practice or considering changing your office space arrangements, you should ensure that your work space meets the needs of your law practice and must ensure that you are able to comply with your professional obligations.
In this webinar, Marcel Mongeon and Virginia Mendes da Costa will explore the benefits and downsides to each of these arrangements. They will discuss the obligations you have under the Rules of Professional Conduct and how you can best meet these. Issues to be discussed include:
- Can you keep your files confidential and secure;
- Are you set up to encrypt electronic files, especially if others have access to your computer;
- Is your “office” space restricted;
- Who will sign the lease as the tenant
- Whether there will be shared staff, who will employ them, and who must fulfill any employment-related responsibilities
- What about shared equipment and office supplies – how will these be handled and charged
Participants will have the opportunity to pose their own questions before and during the webinar.
Make sure that if you are considering a home based office or shared office arrangement, you remain onside with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Presenters: Virginia Mendes da Costa (Turkstra Mazza) and Marcel Mongeon (RMC & Co)
Recording from Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. for 60 minutes
This program contains 1 hour of Professionalism content in Ontario. Approved CPD in British Columbia.
Lawyers from other provinces please check with your provincial association.