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Wellness: How other disciplinary bodies handle addiction and mental health issues | Darryl Singer

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 10:44 AM | By Darryl Singer

Point One: There is a recent decision from the Law Society Tribunal (Ontario) involving a lawyer who had “failed to communicate” and “failed to co-operate” with the law society. The background of the lawyer’s malfeasance (which did not involve any breach of trust allegations) was a direct result of a serious mental illness. Given the length of time and number of opportunities he had been given to communicate and co-operate he essentially fell into the category of ungovernable. The ordinary penalty in this case would have...