|A lawyer is obligatorily a member of the Canadian Bar Association & The Law Society of at least one Province, both professional bodies governed by strict "Code of Conduct and Ethics".
||A professional body does not govern a consultant.|
|A lawyer must buy professional liability insurance for a minimum of $1,000,000 CAD. If the lawyer disappears, you get your money back.
||A consultant does not hold any liability insurance coverage. There are many horror stories of scams.|
|The Strict Professional Code of Conduct governs a lawyer.
||A consultant has no governing Code of Ethics.|
|A lawyer's communications with his client are, by law, privileged, and the lawyer must maintain the professional secret and the confidentiality of the information he receives from his client.
||A consultant's communications do not receive legal protection and the consultant has no confidentiality obligation toward his client.|
|A lawyer is accountable for all moneys entrusted to him.
||A consultant has no obligation to account for moneys entrusted to him.|
|Lawyers are professionally trained and have high standards of practice.
||Anyone can call himself or herself a Consultant.|
|Only Lawyers can appear in the Federal Court on clients' behalf.
||Consultants are not allowed. They are not qualified. They are not expected to know the law or to be up to date with immigration laws of Canada.|
|A Directory of members is available to ensure a lawyer is in good standing with their respective Law Society.
||There is no available Directory for consultants.|
|Complaints concerning the actions of behavior of a lawyer practicing in the province or abroad may be lodged with the Law Society.
||There is no governing body and no complaint mechanism with regards to consultants' actions or behavior|