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LSO begins revocation of licences for long-term administrative suspensions

January 29, 2021

The LSO is committed to a broad communications plan to notify licensees who may have their licence revoked.

Beginning in 2021, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will commence the revocation of licences for licensees who have long-term administrative suspensions.

Up until now, administratively suspended licensees have remained as such indefinitely or until they have remedied the outstanding requirements that led to their suspension such as failure to pay Annual Fees or not reporting CPD Hours.  

Subsection 48(1) of the Law Society Act provides the express authority to revoke the licence of a person who has been administratively suspended for more than 12 months. The Law Society has historically not exercised this authority, but will begin to do so in 2021.

This change will help ensure that LSO resources are being used more effectively and will allow us to more accurately report data about the number and demographics of licensees in Ontario.

Since the LSO has not done this in the past, it is taking a gradual approach. In 2021, the revocation process will begin with licensees who have been administratively suspended for more than 10 years. Currently there are more than 3,000 in this situation.  

In 2022, the LSO will begin the process of revoking the licenses of those licensees who have been administratively suspended for less than 10 years.

The LSO is committed to a broad communications plan to notify licensees who may have their licence revoked. The LSO will attempt to directly contact each affected licensee to advise them in advance. As contact is made with individual licensees, they will be given the opportunity to fulfil their outstanding administrative obligations by a set deadline.

Additionally, the LSO will communicate more broadly through Notices to the Professions in Ontario Reports, posts on LSO social media channels and information in the monthly Licensee Update. Although these communications will initially be directed at those who have been administratively suspended for 10 years or more, it is expected that this notice may spur other licensees to cure their suspensions.

If a licensee has their licence revoked, they will be able to reapply for licensing.

If your licence has been administratively suspended and you wish to maintain your licence to practise law or provide legal services, please contact the Law Society as soon as possible by email lawsociety@lso.ca or telephone 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3315.

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