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Monday, March 27, 2017

LSUC REAPPOINTS WRIGHT TO TRIBUNAL
David A. Wright has been reappointed as chairman of the Law Society Tribunal for a four-year term, starting in September.

Wright was first appointed as the independent organization’s first full-time non-bencher tribunal chairman in 2013, as part of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s enhancements to its adjudicative process for discipline, licensing and other regulatory matters.

Under Wright’s leadership, a new scheduling process was established to maximize hearing date options and reduce vacated and continuation dates, said the LSUC in a press release.

A new, dedicated website was also developed to enhance transparency of tribunal proceedings.

To build the tribunal’s distinct identity, Wright and his team developed a set of core values for the organization: fairness, quality, transparency and timeliness, said the LSUC.

“I am extremely happy to be reappointed as tribunal chair and I look forward to continuing to build the Law Society Tribunal as a leader in the administrative justice community,” said Wright in the press release.

PIETERS STOPS REPRESENTING MEREDITH
Lawyer Selwyn Pieters tweeted on March 20 that he is no longer representing Senator Don Meredith in his hearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest.

Senators have called for Meredith’s resignation after an ethics report said he used his position of power to lure a teenage girl into a sexual relationship.

 He is also being investigated by the Senate ethics officer over separate allegations of workplace harassment. Pieters would not say whether it was his choice to end the relationship with Meredith, but he told Law Times the decision has his “blessing.”

“Senator Meredith is now being represented by William Trudell in his matter before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest,” said Pieters in an email to Law Times.

OSC NAMES NEW COMMISSIONERS
Robert P. Hutchison and Mark J. Sandler have been appointed to the Ontario Securities Commission, where they will each serve a two-year term.

Hutchison spent more than 40 years with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where he practised business law, focusing on financial services.

Sandler is the senior partner of Cooper Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP and has been an appellate and trial litigator specializing in criminal and regulatory law for 37 years.

LAW TIMES POLL
Last week, Law Times reported that lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act.  Readers were asked if they feel this will leave little time to bring clients up to speed.

Seventy-five per cent said yes, the government expects the first phase of legislation to be implemented later this year, and this leaves little lead time for lawyers.

Twenty-five per cent said no, the changes leave appropriate time for lawyers to digest all the regulations and help clients understand them.

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