The Law Society of Upper Canada – Hearing Division has issued decisions affecting the licenses of two paralegals.
Jasvir Kaur Billing, a Brampton Paralegal, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for failing to assume complete professional responsibility for business entrusted to her. This enabled an employee to misappropriate client settlement funds.
Billing was found to have failed to co-operate with a Law Society investigation, by failing to produce specified books and records requested in written communications.
In a June 16 decision, the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division ordered that Billing:
- Be granted permission to surrender her licence to provide legal services as a Paralegal in Ontario. If Billing does not surrender her licence by June 30, 2014, her licence will be revoked
- Comply with the terms of the Law Society’s Guidelines for former Paralegals whose licences have been revoked or who have been permitted to surrender their licences
- Pay costs to the Law Society in the amount of $11,862.50 in the event that she re-applies for a licence with the Law Society.
Ivan Charles Brookes, a Toronto paralegal, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for failing to:
- Fulfil his undertaking to a Law Society Complaints Resolution Officer when he failed to refund to DF her entire retainer
- Serve his client DF when he failed to issue a Small Claims Court action against PK; failed to keep his client apprised of the status of her case; and failed to respond to email and telephone correspondence from his client
- Provide complete responses to written requests made by the Law Society’s Complaints Resolution Department.
In its Decision and Order of June 24, the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division ordered that Brookes be suspended for three months. The suspension will continue until he meets certain conditions.
Brookes is not to provide legal services while suspended. He has been ordered to pay restitution to DF in the amount of $800.00. Failing to comply with the order by July 24, he will be fined $2,000.
In addition, Brookes will not be able to re-apply to be placed on the Law Society’s Referral Service. Brookes has been directed not to provide legal services as a sole practitioner unless he is under the supervision of another licensee under an approved plan.
Costs were ordered in the amount of $7,152.00.
The Law Society Tribunal is an independent adjudicative tribunal within the Law Society of Upper Canada, consisting of staff and appointed adjudicators. It processes, hears and decides regulatory cases about Ontario lawyers and paralegals, in the public interest.
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Summary – Legislation and principles applicable to conduct orders related to professional misconduct: Law Society of Upper Canada v. Vannavong, 2013 ONLSHP 165 (CanLII), 2013 ONLSHP 165.
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