Law Society Tribunal Decisions – March, April


The Law Society Tribunal is an administrative tribunal that impartially processes and adjudicates regulatory cases about Ontario lawyers and paralegals under the Law Society Act and Regulation.

It applies the Rules of Practice and Procedure approved by Convocation. Matters are heard in the Hearing Division and may be appealed to the Appeal Division.

Tribunal adjudicators are benchers and other appointees. These include lawyers, paralegals and members of the public. Tribunal staff process cases and support the adjudicators’ work.

The Law Society Tribunal replaces the Law Society Hearing Panel and Appeal Panel. It was formally established on March 12, 2014, by the Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013. This is part of Convocation’s plans for an independent Chair (David A. Wright) and two bencher Vice-Chairs.

Recent Tribunal decisions affecting paralegal licensees include:

Esimaje Awani – Toronto

    The Paralegal was suspended for one month commencing after the termination of his administrative suspension and continuing indefinitely until specified conditions are met.

Jay Rudolph Bradley – Toronto

    The Paralegal is suspended for two months and two weeks. If the Paralegal pays a fine of $5,000 to the Society no later than 25 days after the commencement of his suspension, the duration of his suspension will be one month instead of two months and two weeks.

Antonio D.R. Lacaria – Vaughan

    Decision: The Paralegal is granted permission to surrender his licence to provide legal services.

Kerlan Garfield McLean – Brampton

    Decision: The Paralegal shall pay a fine of $2,000.

Francesca Pagotto – Vaughan

    Decision: The Paralegal was suspended for one month, commencing after her return to practice and continuing indefinitely until specified conditions are met.

Roland Spiegel – Richmond Hill

    Decision: The Paralegal’s motion was dismissed and he shall pay costs to the Law Society of $2,000.

Robert George Vanderploeg – Hamilton

    Decision: The Paralegal was suspended for 31 days and fined $2,000.


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One comment

  1. Bill 111, The modernizing the legal profession act also gave the Law Society great powers to suspend a lawyer or paralegal for failure to pay a fine imposed by the hearing panel.

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