(cf SCR Part 66, rule 7; DCR Part 48, rule 4; LCR Part 37, rule 4)
(1) A solicitor who ceases to act for a party in any proceedings may file notice of the change and serve the notice on the parties.
(2) Except by leave of the court, a solicitor may not file or serve notice of the change unless he or she has filed and served on the client a notice of intention to file and serve the notice of change--(a) in the case of proceedings for which a date for trial has been fixed, at least 28 days before doing so, or(b) in any other case, at least 7 days before doing so.
(3) Unless notice of the change is filed with the leave of the court, a solicitor filing such a notice must include in the notice a statement as to the date on which service of the notice of intention required by subrule (2) was effected.
(4) A solicitor may serve a notice of change or notice of intention under this rule on the former client by posting it to the former client at the residential or business address of the former client last known to the solicitor.