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Taking Action against Illegal Practitioners

 

How does the Law Society try to stop illegal practitioners from placing the public at risk?

Only lawyers and paralegals licensed by the Law Society can provide legal services directly to the public. 

Illegal practitioners are people who practise law or provide legal services directly to the public without a licence. If you hire an illegal practitioner, you are not protected

The Law Society Act gives the Law Society authority to prosecute illegal practitioners. When we are made aware of an individual who may be practising illegally we may do one or more of the following:    

  • Send a cease and desist letter demanding that the person stop providing legal services they are not licensed to provide. This is often successful.
  • Conduct an investigation, especially if the person accused of illegal practice is persistent or is placing the public directly at risk.
  • Ask the person to sign an undertaking (agreement) to cease the unauthorized activity. This is a document that may be used later in court if the behaviour persists.
  • Initiate court proceedings. The Law Society has the power to seek injunctions in Superior Court. If the injunction is breached, this may result in an application to have the person found in contempt.  Contempt can be punishable by fines or imprisonment or both. The Law Society can also prosecute illegal practice in provincial court or provincial offences court. The Law Society Act provides for significant fines as well as probation orders if someone is convicted of unauthorized practice. 

Past Matters

The Law Society has been involved in the following past matters. Please note that each document is provided below in its original format, as well as in an accessible transcription.

2021

Law Society of Ontario v Martin Lazi
Transcription of LSO v Lazi Order

Law Society of Ontario v Monicka Joly
Transcription of LSO v Joly Order
 

Law Society of Ontario v Olga Pereira, c.o.b. as O.A.T. Consulting
Transcription of LSO v Pereira Order
 

Law Society of Ontario v Kirupa Sutharsan a.k.a. Sutharsan Kirupalingam a.k.a.Sutharsan Kiruvpalingam
Transcription of LSO v Sutharsan Order

2020

Law Society of Ontario v. Andrea Lynn Robertson, c.o.b. as Uxbridge Mediation & Divorce Services
Transcription of LSO v Robertson Order 

Law Society of Ontario v. Niklolaus Walther Wolf
Transcription of LSO v Wolf Order

Law Society of Ontario v. Harry Kopyto
Transcription of LSO v Kopyto Order

2019

Law Society of Ontario v. Elizabeth Dias
Transcription of LSO v Dias Order

Law Society of Ontario v. Emad Elguindy
Transcription of LSO v Elguindy Order

2018

Law Society of Ontario v. Caleesis Talash, (a.k.a. Martina Talash, Caleesis Telesh, Calesis Telesh) and Justice on Your Side Inc.
Transcription of LSO v Talash Order

Law Society of Ontario v Charles Wallace a.k.a. Evan Wallace
Transcription of LSO v Wallace Order

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Timothy Edward Leahy
Transcription of LSUC v Leahy Order

2016

Law Society of Upper Canada v. James William Sinclair
Transcription of LSUC v Sinclair Order

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Thinh Bui 
Transcription of LSUC v Bui Order

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Niki Marques 
Transcription of LSUC v Marques Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Abdul Gabbar Khan a.k.a. Abdul Khan, and Westminster Legal Firm Inc.
Transcription of LSUC v Khan Order 

2015

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Aspasios Paul Hatzitrifonos a.k.a. Paul Hatz 
Transcription of LSUC v Hatzitrifonos Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Ken Miller 
Transcription of LSUC v Miller Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Raymond Young 
Transcription of LSUC v Young Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Marie Yvonne Dubé
Transcription of LSUC v Dubé Order 

2014

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Giuseppe Alessandro a.k.a. Joe Alessandro and Law Help Ltd.
Transcription of LSUC v Alessandro Order

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Colin M. Cockburn
Transcription of LSUC v Cockburn Order

Law Society of Upper Canada v. John Dzelme 
Transcription of LSUC v Dzelme Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Enzo Vincent Chiarelli
Transcription of LSUC v Chiarelli Order

2013 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Stephen S. Small 
Transcription of LSUC v Small Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Chantal Coulson   
Transcription of LSUC v Coulson Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Gideon McGuire Augier  
Transcription of LSUC v Aguier Order 

2012 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Althea Reyes  
Transcription of LSUC v Reyes Order 


Law Society of Upper Canada v. Bill Akleh 
Transcription of LSUC v Akleh Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Lee Edward Fingold 
Transcription of LSUC v Fingold Reasons for Decision 

2011 

 Law Society of Upper Canda v. Peter P. Vincent
Transcription of LSUC v Vincent Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. William Mason 
Transcription of LSUC v Mason Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Jacques Jean Constantin 
Transcription of LSUC v Constantin Probation Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Ronald Werda and Alpha Law Clerks Ltd.
Transcription of LSUC v Werda Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Joan Raymond
Transcription of LSUC v Raymond Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. John Peter Gorman
Transcription of LSUC v Gorman Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. David Matheson and Mathesons
Transcription of LSUC v Matheson Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Michael Peter Harmidarow 
Transcription of LSUC v Harmindarow Order 

2010

Law Society of Upper Canada v John E. Wilson
Transcription of LSUC v Wilson Order

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Stephen Kuz 
Transcription of LSUC v Kuz Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Lee Edward Fingold
Transcription of LSUC v Fingold Order 

Law Society of Upper Canada v. Jennifer Smith
Transcription of LSUC v Smith Probation Order 
 
We need your help to prevent illegal practice.
If you are aware of any of these individuals continuing to engage in illegal practice, please contact the Law Society.
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