professional regulation

  • Push for discipline changes

    Push for discipline changes

    Feb 11, 2019

    With the 2019 bencher elections on the horizon, lawyers in the province are advocating for changes to be made to how the Law Society of Ontario handles disciplinary investigations upon discovering the lawyer in question may be dealing with a mental health issue.

  • Longtime LSO benchers take stand on governance

    Longtime LSO benchers take stand on governance

    Dec 10, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario’s recent decision to further cull the number of benchers at Convocation means that several longtime members will lose the rights either to speak or vote in the next few months.

  • Wake-up call

    Oct 29, 2018

    Much has been written in these pages in the past year about the silence in the legal profession around mental health issues.

  • Lawyer denied licence to practise

    Oct 29, 2018

    A disbarred British Columbia lawyer has been denied a licence to practise in Ontario after a Law Society of Ontario tribunal panel questioned his insight into the behaviour that led to his criminal convictions.

  • Artificial intelligence

    Oct 1, 2018

    Almost two decades ago, the word “globalization” was the buzzword on everyone’s lips.

  • 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.

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