Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

March 02, 2007 12:04 ET

Superior Court Prohibits Disbarred Lawyer From Continuing to Practise Law

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2007) - The Law Society of Upper Canada is warning consumers about a recent court decision that prohibits Paul Magnus Feldman, a disbarred lawyer who had continued to hold himself out as a lawyer despite his disbarment, from practising law in Ontario.

Mr. Feldman is prohibited from acting, holding himself out as, representing himself or practising as a barrister or solicitor following an Order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on February 6, 2007.

Mr. Feldman was disbarred from the Law Society on February 21, 2006, for professional misconduct, which included attempting to mislead or misleading the Court, failing to comply with provisions, breaching his undertaking to the Law Society, breaching an order of the Hearing Panel, failing to co-operate with a Law Society investigation and attempting to mislead the Law Society during its investigation of five complaints.

Engaging in the unauthorized practise of law is a criminal offence, and occurs when a person holds himself or herself out as a barrister or solicitor without proper Law Society membership.

Under Section 50 of the Law Society Act, the Law Society is responsible for the prosecution of unauthorized practice. As the regulator of Ontario's legal profession, the Law Society's first and foremost responsibility is consumer protection.

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