Law Society Tribunal Decisions – May

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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:

    Sue-Ann Harry, of Toronto
    Decision: The Paralegal shall be suspended for 30 days and pay the Law Society $10,000 in costs. If the Paralegal has not provided a complete response to the requests by August 31, 2014, the Paralegal shall pay a fine to the Law Society in the amount of $2,000.

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5 comments

  1. I as well use to work with her. Have seen first hand the manner she talks about clients behind their back and ignores them. Take her to court. I would be a witness.

  2. I too have been waiting over 5 years and no money all lies from Sue Harry!

  3. The best thing to do if you have any problems with lawyers/paralegals is to send a complaint about a specific legal practitioner to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The process would take ages, but it would be the best thing to do. It is the only way to let the authorities know whether legal practitioners comply with all necessary regulations. If you know and you have some proof that you, as a client, lost money due “to the dishonesty of a lawyer or a paralegal” (“http://www.lsuc.on.ca/faq.aspx?id=1034#q1222” Initiative number 5. Compensation Fund), then you should contact the Law Society and file an official complaint.

    The Law Society of Upper Canada suspended Sue Harry’s licence for a reason (contact the Law society for more details). A number of her clients submitted complaints to the Law Society regarding her professional business practices. A very close friend of mine had major difficulties with this paralegal related to Sue Anne’s unethical and unprofessional behaviour (including a complete loss of client’s money). Seems like Sue Harry worked out a good scheme by getting her clients to sign contracts with her, barely doing anything for clients, agreeing to everything other parties would offer and charging her fees, while leaving clients with empty pockets.

    If you have any problems with lawyers or paralegals next time, do not hesitate to contact the Law Society. Keep all records of agreements and discussions (emails, voice recordings, letters, etc.) to present as an evidence when asked.

  4. I have lost a lot of money because of Sue Ann Harry too. I think we should take her to court.

  5. I am Sue Ann Harry’s former client. She is the most unprofessional paralegal I have ever known. Because of her, I lost thousands on an a/b claim. If she ever gets back in good standing with the LSUC….I would not recommend her to anyone.

    I hope she doesn’t get the chance to do this to anyone else in the future.

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