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Illegal Practice of Law

Sometimes, certain people claim to have a law practice without being a member of the Barreau du Québec.

To report a person illegally practising law, you may file a complaint with the Barreau. In such a case, neither the Barreau's Disciplinary Committee nor its Syndic will look into the situation, but rather the Court of Québec, as it doesn't involve a Barreau member in good standing.

Under article 188 of the Professional Code, the penalty imposed by the Court of Québec, if such a person is found guilty:

For the first offence:

  • in the case of a person, the penalty ranges from $1500 to a maximum of $20,000
  • in the case of a legal entity, the penalty ranges from $3,000 to a maximum of $40,000
  • In case of a recurrence, the minimum and maximum penalties are doubled.

How to report someone whom you suspect is illegally practising law

If you want to report such a situation, send an explanatory letter, along with copies of supporting documents, to one of the following addresses, depending on the place of residence or practice of the person concerned:

Island of Montréal
Barreau de Montréal
1, rue Notre-Dame Est
bureau 9.80
Montréal (QC) H2Y 1B6
Tel.: 514 866-9392

Québec City area
Barreau de Québec
300, boulevard Jean-Lesage
bureau RC-21
Québec (QC) G1K 8K6
Tel.: 418 529-0301

Elsewhere in Québec
Barreau du Québec
445, boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal (QC) H2Y 3T8
Tel.: 514 954-3411

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