Transferring Between Law Firms - The Triggering Circumstances

The rules regarding transfer between law firms are triggered when a lawyer moves from one law firm to another and it is discovered by the lawyer or the new firm at that time, or later, that:

  • the new firm represents a client in a matter that is the same or related to a matter in which the former firm represents its client (the "former client");
  • the interests of those clients in that matter conflict; and
  • the transferring lawyer possesses relevant information respecting that matter.

(See BC Code, Chapter 3, rule 3.4-18).