- Conduct Proceeding – September 29, 2022 Maurice Henri Gatien (the respondent), was found to have engaged in professional misconduct on the following established allegation: 1) Contrary to s. 49.3(2) of the Law Society Act and Rule 7.1-1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, from January 2022 and continuing until the present time, the respondent has failed to co-operate with a Law Society investigation by failing to promptly and completely produce information and documents requested of him, including his books and records as required under s. 18 of By-Law 9.
- On September 29, 2022, the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division ordered that: 1. The respondent’s licence to practise law shall be suspended immediately and continue indefinitely until, to the satisfaction of the Law Society’s Executive Director, Professional Regulation, or his designate, the respondent has provided a complete response to the Law Society’s requests made by email on January 13, 2022, April 21, 2022, May 5, 2022 and May 20, 2022.
- 2. The respondent’s licence shall be suspended for a period of one month, to follow immediately upon the latter of: a. the end of the suspension ordered at paragraph 1, above; and b. the end of all current or already pending suspensions of the respondent’s licence under Part II of the Law Society Act.
- 3. The respondent shall comply fully with the terms of the Law Society’s Guidelines for Lawyers Who Are Suspended or Who Have Given an Undertaking Not to Practise while suspended pursuant to this order. 4. The respondent shall pay costs to the Law Society in the amount of $1,500 on or before the deadline of September 29, 2023. This deadline may be extended by the Law Society in accordance with the By-Laws. Interest shall accrue on any overdue part of those costs at a rate of 3% per year.