Discipline

Resignation in the Face of Continued Proceedings

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The Conduct Investigation Committee has released a decision in relation to an Application by J. Niel Halford to resign instead of continued proceedings pursuant to Law Society Rule 400.1.

Law Society of Saskatchewan Order and Notice of Suspension: George Combe

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An Order has been released by the Hearing Committee in relation to the matter of Law Society of Saskatchewan v George Combe. The following allegations against the Member were proven:

1. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, personally harass L.S., an administrative assistant at his place of work;

2. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with L.S., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

3. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with K.Z., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

4. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with J.K., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

5. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with C.H., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

6. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with C.B., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

7. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with M.R., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

8. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with L.R., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

9. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with L. W., his co-worker, in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer;

10. did, in the course of his professional practice at the Saskatoon City Criminal Law Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, behave toward and/or communicate with certain clients in a manner that was abusive, offensive or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of a professional communication from a lawyer.

Further, the Hearing Committee issued a Notice of Suspension, effective July 1, 2019 in relation to Mr. Combe. Written decisions will follow.

Nathan Phillips – Reinstatement and Practice Conditions

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Following a review hearing in relation to the of the interim suspension of Nathan Phillips, the Review Committee made the following orders pursuant to section 45(4) and 45(5) of the Legal Profession Act:

  1. The interim suspension of the Member shall not continue only as result of the availability of appropriate practice conditions; and
  2. The Member shall be forthwith subject to the following practice conditions available here.

Nathan Phillips has resumed practice, effective June 11, 2019, pursuant to these practice conditions.

Resignation in the Face of Continued Proceedings

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The Conduct Investigation Committee has released a decision in relation to an Application by Wayne Webb to resign instead of continued proceedings pursuant to Law Society Rule 400.1.

Law Society of Saskatchewan Penalty Decision and Hearing Notice: Roch Dupont

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A decision has been released in relation to the matter of Law Society of Saskatchewan v. Roch Dupont. The following allegations against the Member were proven:

  1. Did fail to disclose or account for fees and disbursements charged to his client, PFF, in a timely fashion;
  2. Did fail to, within a reasonable time, deliver a bill or other written notification to his client, PFF, in connection with an invoice dated December 30, 2014 rendered to PFF totaling $12,502.03;
  3. Did pay out to third parties trust monies held on behalf of his client, PFF, without the knowledge or consent PFF;
  4. Did pay out to third parties trust monies held on behalf of his client, PFF, without verifying the validity of the third parties’ claims to said monies;
  5. Did, through recklessness, mislead a fellow lawyer, PJ, United States legal counsel for PFF, by stating that he had sent the information PJ was requesting on behalf of PFF, without regard for whether his statements were true or false.

For more information on Law Society of Saskatchewan discipline proceedings please visit the Discipline Section of the Law Society of Saskatchewan website.