professional regulation

  • How to address mental illness and lawyers

    Sep 24, 2018

    In a pair of recent decisions — Law Society of Ontario v. Burtt, 2018 ONLSTH 63 and Law Society of Ontario v. Yantha, 2018 ONLSTH 94 — the Law Society Tribunal grappled with what accommodation for mental illness is required in terms of discipline imposed by the Law Society of Ontario.

  • Judicial review of LAO panel decision sought

    Judicial review of LAO panel decision sought

    Sep 10, 2018

    A lawyer is challenging Legal Aid Ontario on the way her panel membership was handled.

  • Lawyer ‘made an honest mistake’

    Sep 10, 2018

    Judges from the Ontario Court of Appeal said the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Panel properly found that a lawyer “made an honest mistake” in mishandling mortgage cases, overturning some aspects of findings by the Law Society Tribunal Appeal Panel and the Ontario Divisional Court.

  • Back to the grindstone

    Sep 10, 2018

    A busy fall season lies ahead for lawyers. Summer is typically thought of as a season best suited for rest and relaxation.

  • Lawyer in trouble with LSO for tweets

    Sep 3, 2018

    Ottawa lawyer Charlene Desrochers allegedly breached Law Society of Ontario conduct rules in her 2016 and 2017 tweets about the Cornwall courts, according to a Law Society of Ontario affidavit.

  • Rules of civility

    Sep 3, 2018

    There has been widespread commentary on the so-called death of civility in the modern age.

  • LSO seeks feedback on shrinking governing body

    LSO seeks feedback on shrinking governing body

    Aug 20, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario is moving ahead with looking at whether the regulator should shrink the number of benchers and phase out some members, according to a recent report to Convocation from the Governance Task Force.

  • Panama Papers and solicitor-client privilege

    Aug 13, 2018

    With the recent release of another 1.2 million files in data from a further “Panama Papers” leak, there are renewed questions being asked internationally around the complicity and facilitation of money laundering by lawyers.

  • What will Ontario do with more lawyers?

    What will Ontario do with more lawyers?

    Aug 13, 2018

    Earlier this year, when benchers of the Law Society of Ontario had to vote on whether graduates of Ryerson University’s proposed law school should be allowed to apply to practise in Ontario following their call to the bar, there were few naysayers.

  • Imperfection rules

    Jul 23, 2018

    If much of modern technology focuses on extracting the messiness and toil out of life (like automated cars and artificial intelligence, for example), then one could assume that the law exists to clarify matters when things, indeed, go wrong. And go wrong they will.

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