Ethical Considerations for Every Practitioner 

May 20, 2021
ZOOM Webinar Online

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Speaker(s): Michael F. Welsh QC, LSBC Okanagan District Bencher, Mott Welsh & Associates
Aleem S. Bharmal QC, 2020-2021 CBABC Second Vice-President, Community Legal Assistance Society

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)


Articling Student Member: $60.00 (+GST)
CBA + Local County Bar Association (LCBA) Member: $75.00 (+GST)
Non-CBA/LCBA Member: $140.00 (+GST)

*LCBA Member rates apply to the Kelowna and Penticton Bar Associations.

CPD Hours: 2 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.
Attendance at this webinar will provide you with 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.


Aleem S. Bharmal QC and Michael F. Welsh QC involve audience members in virtual discussions of real-life ethical dilemmas, case studies and the Code of Conduct. 

Think critically about ethical dilemmas that challenge your professional responsibility. In this webinar, we examine emerging ethical problems that could impact your practice and consider decision-making criteria to fulfill the obligations you have to your clients, the courts, our profession and the public.

New scenarios involve situations in the COVID-19 pandemic, trust accounting rules and cryptocurrency, among others. 


About Aleem S. Bharmal QC

Aleem S. Bharmal, QC is a human rights lawyer at CLAS. He has practiced law at CLAS since 2002 and was its Executive Director for twelve years from 2008 to 2019. Prior to that, he was an associate lawyer practicing employment law with a large firm in Toronto.

Aleem is past Chair of the CBABC Access to Justice Committee as well as the Equality Committee at both the provincial and national levels. He is also a past member of the CBABC Judicial Advisory Committee and Truth & Reconciliation Working Group as well as the Law Society of BC Equity and Diversity Committee.

In June 2016, Aleem was awarded the CBABC President’s Medal in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession. In May 2017, he was elected to CBABC Provincial Council as a representative of Vancouver County. In June 2018, he was elected as an Officer to the CBABC Executive Committee. In February 2019, Aleem received the designation of Queen’s counsel (QC) by the British Columbia Attorney General.

Part of Aleem’s passion for human rights comes from his previous work abroad. As a newly-called lawyer in the mid-nineties, he worked as a Human Rights Officer for the U.N. High Commission of Human Rights, where he assisted in reporting on the administration of justice and ongoing human rights violations in Rwanda.

About Michael F. Welsh QC

Michael F. Welsh QC was called to the British Columbia bar in 1981 and practises in trial and appellate litigation, and as a mediator and arbitrator, in family, employment, commercial and civil law matters. He has been counsel in well over a thousand trials and appeals, including before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Michael was appointed Queen's Counsel by the Province of BC in 2017. Holding designations of C. Med. and C. Arb from ADR Canada, he is a Law Society Certified Family Law Mediator and Family Law Arbitrator and is a civil mediator and arbitrator. Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a panel member for domestic arbitrations and mediations with the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), a member of the Mediate BC Med/Arb Roster and the ADRBC Civil Roster and acts as a mediator for the Law Society in fee disputes between lawyers and clients. Michael is a Bencher of the Law Society of BC for the Okanagan District, and a Past President of both ADRBC and the CBABC.

Between 2017 and 2020 he was appointed by the BC government as a Tribunal Member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal. He also regularly conducts mediations of employment-related prohibited action complaints for WorkSafe BC. Michael writes regularly for the Advocate, a legal magazine in BC, both legal articles and as its wine columnist, and has also published several articles in BarTalk magazine and the Canadian Arbitration & Mediation Journal. He is periodically asked to talk on ADR, legal and wine-related topics for various legal groups and at continuing legal education programs.


Acknowledging First Nations Territories
This webinar is hosted by CBABC, which is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage our members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada, past and present.

Technical Instructions
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• You will be sent the webinar link and log-in instructions 1 day prior to the course date.
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• Please ensure your computer speakers are working properly as audio will be delivered entirely over the computer.
• Earphones are recommended for the best sound quality.

Instructions/Course Materials/Handouts
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Cancellation Policy
Once payment has been processed there will be no refund issued. To cancel your attendance, please contact the PD Department at No refunds will be issued to non-attendees.


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