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Appeal court ruling contains a 'lot of lessons' for legal profession: lawyer

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 1:28 PM | By Ian Burns

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assault and sexual assault against a former girlfriend after it ruled he received ineffective assistance of counsel, and the accused's appellate lawyer says the decision contains a "lot of lessons" about ensuring proper training for trial lawyers and any mistakes made were "utterly avoidable."

Richard Fowler, Fowler and Smith BarristersThe central issues of the appeal in R. v. Hamzehali 2017 BCCA 290, involved defence counsel Hubert Gawley’s handling of a record...