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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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MSELP Self-Assessment Pilot Project

Council approved a draft Management System for Ethical Legal Practice (MSELP)  Self-Assessment Tool on 
March 24, 2016.

The Society also developed an “MSELP Workbook” to assist lawyers, particularly those in smaller practices.

From September 2016, a Pilot Project is underway to test these tools and enhance them further based on feedback from a sample of 50 law firms and lawyers in private practice across Nova Scotia.



Your questions and comments are welcome.

Please contact Jennifer Pink, Legal Services Support Officer at

About MSELP Resources

Resources provided on this site, compiled from the Management System for Ethical Legal Practice (MSELP) Self-Assessment Tool and the MSELP Workbook, are intended to assist you reflect upon and improve your processes and the systems that impact the quality of your legal services delivery. This site will be updated regularly.

Selected articles, checklists, forms & precedents, tools and websites are listed by element:


    ELEMENT 1: Developing competent practices

    Your staff delivers the legal services your entity is engaged to provide with appropriate skill, expertise and in an ethical manner.

    ELEMENT 2: Communicating in an effective, timely and civil manner

    Communications with your clients are clear and clients are in a position to make informed decisions about the services they need, how their matter will be handled and the options available to them.

    ELEMENT 3: Ensuring confidentiality

    You keep the affairs of clients confidential unless disclosure is required or permitted by law, or the client consents.

    ELEMENT 4: Avoiding conflicts of interest

    You never act where there is a conflict, or a significant risk of conflict, between you and your client.

    ELEMENT 5: Maintaining appropriate file and records management systems

    Your entity maintains accurate and up to date records using an appropriate file management system that safeguards clients’ documents and information.

    ELEMENT 6: Ensuring effective management of the legal entity and staff

    Staff are adequately supervised, supported and managed in their delivery of legal services to clients.

    ELEMENT 7: Charging appropriate fees and disbursements

    Clients are charged fees appropriately and are clear about the costs, or likely costs incurred during their legal transaction.

    ELEMENT 8: Sustaining effective and respectful relationships with clients, colleagues, courts, regulators and the community

    Your dealings with clients and other third parties will be conducted in a fair, open, effective and respectful way that respects diversity.

    ELEMENT 9: Working to improve diversity, inclusion and substantive equality

    You are committed to improving diversity, inclusion and substantive equality and ensuring freedom from discrimination in the delivery of legal services and the justice system.

    ELEMENT 10: Working to improve the administration of justice and access to legal services

    Your entity plays a role in improving access to legal services and the administration of justice.


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