Jean Sorensen |Dec 26, 2016
The incoming 2017 Law Society of British Columbia president Herman Van Ommen is hoping to further promote unbundling to the legal profession during his term in office.
Some factions of the legal profession, such as family law practitioners belonging to Mediate BC, have embraced unbundling. Mediate BC offers an online tool kit on unbundling to help its members in the practice of family law.
“But unbundling can be used in every area of the law,” he says. "The key to it is being clear what the lawyer will do and what they will not do.”
During his term, Van Ommen is planning to talk more about how unbundling can increase sorely needed access to justice for the public. It can also be useful in outlying areas of B.C. where lawyers or clients may be dealing with travel challenges. The Canadian Bar Association of B.C. has also been actively promoting unbundling, he says.