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Mailing Name
Christopher Roper
Law Society Number
23215B
Class of Licence Definitions
Lawyer (L1)
Real Estate Insured
No
Licence Revoked
City
North York, Ontario
Trusteeships
None
Current Practice Restrictions
None
Current Regulatory Proceedings
None
Regulatory History
Yes
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Contact information withheld.

Contact the Law Society by email at lawsociety@lso.ca or call 416-947-3315 (1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315).

  • REGULATORY HISTORY
    • Conduct Proceeding - April 07, 1999

      Christopher John Roper was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for: failing to maintain the books and records of his practice; mishandling trust funds in the amount of $52,808.07; and improperly withdrawing legal fees in the amount of $15,712.95, more or less, from his mixed trust account without first rendering a fee billing or other written notification. By Decision and Order dated April 7, 1999, the Hearing Panel ordered that: (1) the Member be suspended for a period of 3 months commencing June 1, 1999; (2) the Member pay a fine to the Law Society in the amount of $6,000.00 on or before October 7, 1999; (3) the Member pay costs to the Law Society in the amount of $6,000.00 on or before October 7, 1999; (4) the Member will practice law under the mentorship and supervision of a lawyer in good standing for a period of 12 months, and (1) at the outset of the supervision, B.D.O. Dunwoody L.L.P. (“Dunwoody”) will review a representative sampling of the Member's active files and his related office procedures, (ii) the Member will permit Dunwoody to report any breach to the Law Society, and (iii) Dunwoody will report quarterly to the Law Society with respect to their supervision of the Member; (5) co-signing controls be instituted for all trust cheques and general cheques of the Member's law practice for a period of at least 12 months; (6) the Member will personally review the books and records of his practice on a regular basis; (7) prior to his return to practice, the Member will retain for a period of 2 years 3 or more support staff or associates, an office manager trained in law office book-keeping and management; (8) the Member will ensure that his support staff and associates will receive 2 days of training in office procedures and book-keeping; (9) the Law Society will conduct an audit of the Member's practice 1 year after his return to practice; and (10) the Member provide monthly trust reconciliations to the Law Society.

    • Conduct Proceeding - December 30, 2020

      Christopher John Roper (the Respondent), was found to have engaged in professional misconduct on the following established allegations: (1) The Respondent failed to deposit funds received in trust in a trust account, contrary to s. 9 of By-Law 9. (2) On multiple occasions between November 2011 and October 2015, the Respondent deposited trust funds into his general account prior to performing services or delivering an account, totalling $24,166 Cdn and $5,000 USD, contrary to s. 9 of By-Law 9 and Rule 3.6-10 (Rule 2.08(10)pre-October 1, 2014) of the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). (3) Between December 2014 and March 2015 the Respondent misappropriated $2,385 in trust monies. (4) Between November 2011 and December 2012 the Respondent failed to maintain proper books and records of his law practice, contrary to s. 18 of By-Law 9. (5) Between November 2011 and September 2016 the Respondent failed to provide the services identified in three retainers in a timely manner, or at all, and failed to keep his clients advised in relation to progress of work, contrary to Rule 3.2-1 of the Rules. (6) Between April 2013 and September 2016 the Respondent was not honest or candid with three clients, contrary to Rule 3.2-2 of the Rules. (7) In June 2016 and January 2017 the Respondent charged two clients unfair and unreasonable fees not contemplated by their written retainers or disclosed in a timely fashion, contrary to Rule 3.6-1 of the Rules. (8) On September 26, 2016 the Respondent communicated with a client in a manner that was abusive, offensive and inconsistent with the proper tone of professional communication, contrary to Rule 7.2-4 of the Rules, by threatening litigation if she filed a complaint with the Law Society and charging fees not previously contemplated. On December 30, 2020, the Law Society Tribunal - Hearing Division ordered that: (1) The Respondent's licence to practise law is revoked effective immediately. (2) The Respondent will comply fully with the Law Society's Guidelines for Former Lawyers Whose Licences Have Been Revoked or Who Have Been Permitted to Surrender Their Licences. (3) The Respondent shall pay costs to the Law Society in the amount of $90,000 within five years, payable in five equal annual instalments on the successive anniversary date of this order in the amount of $18,000 each year. (4) Starting the day following the deadline for payment of any instalment, interest shall accrue on any unpaid portion of that instalment at a rate of 2% per year.

The information in this directory was prepared Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 7:18 AM.

A "Yes" in the Real Estate insured field indicates that lawyer has the required insurance to provide Real Estate Services to the public.

The directory includes regulatory history information from February 27, 1986 onward. Discipline and other regulatory hearings that resulted in the ordering of a "Reprimand in Committee" or an "Admonition", while public, are not publishable and, therefore, are not included in this directory. It takes time for the directory to be updated with certain regulatory information. Contact the Law Society to ensure you have complete, up-to-date information. Your use of this directory is governed by and subject to the Legal Notice. You should check the Legal Notice from time to time to keep informed of any changes or additions.

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Trusteeship
When, by Court Order or by voluntary agreement, all or part of the property from a lawyer's or paralegal's professional business is under the control of the Law Society.

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Status Definitions for Lawyers

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In Private Practice
A lawyer who is practising law and/or providing legal services to clients. This includes sole practitioners; partners, associates and employees in law firms.

Practising Law - Employed
A lawyer who is employed practising law and/or providing legal services exclusively for the lawyer's employer.

Not Practising Law - Employed
A lawyer who is employed by an organization such as government, an educational institution, a company, a society, trade union, etc., and who does not provide legal services.

Not Practising - Other
A lawyer who is not currently practising law and/or providing legal services.

Practice Restricted
A lawyer who is practising law but who is restricted in the manner or in the areas of law in which they may practise, or in the legal services they may provide. For example, the lawyer may only be permitted to practise as an employee or under the supervision of another lawyer, or may not be permitted to practise with respect to real estate matters.

Suspended Administratively
A lawyer who has been suspended for administrative reasons, such as failing to pay fees or file forms on time. A suspended lawyer is not permitted to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Suspended
A lawyer who has been suspended by order of the Law Society Tribunal. A suspended lawyer is not permitted to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Undertaking Not to Practise
A promise or pledge not to practise law or provide legal services made by a lawyer or paralegal to the Law Society, usually in writing, during the course of regulatory activity, which may be permanent, or temporary until the regulatory activity is concluded.

Deceased
Lawyer is deceased.

Licence Surrendered - By Order of the Law Society Tribunal 
A former lawyer who was authorized by the Law Society to surrender their licence by order of the Law Society Tribunal. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licence Surrendered - Administrative Surrender of Licence
A former lawyer who applied to surrender their licence and whose application was accepted. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licence Surrendered – Retired
A former lawyer who applied to surrender their licence after they retired from practising law and whose application was accepted. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licence Surrendered - In the Face of Regulatory Proceedings**
A former lawyer who applied to surrender their licence in the face of a Law Society audit, investigation or search and seizure or a proceeding before the Law Society Tribunal and whose application was approved. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licence Revoked
A former lawyer whose licence was revoked by order of the Law Society Tribunal. A person whose licence has been revoked is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licence Revoked - Administrative Suspension Over 12 Months
A former lawyer whose licence was revoked under subsection 48(1)(a) of the Law Society Act, following an administrative suspension that was still in effect more than 12 months after it was made. A person whose licence has been revoked is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licence Revoked - Regulatory Suspension Over 24 Months
A former lawyer whose licence was revoked under subsection 48(1)(b) of the Law Society Act, following a regulatory suspension that was still in effect more than 24 months after it was made. A person whose licence has been revoked is not licensed by the Law Society to practise law and/or provide legal services.

Licensee Participating in PBLO (PBLO Emeritus Lawyer)
A lawyer who only practises law through a program registered with Pro Bono Ontario.

Practising Law - Canadian Legal Advisor
A lawyer with a Class L3 licence who is employed practising law and/or providing legal services in Ontario. This includes sole practitioners; partners, associates and employees in law firms.

To Be Confirmed
We are waiting for further information from the lawyer with respect to their contact, status, and/or practice information. For further information, please contact the Law Society's Resource Centre by email at  lawsociety@lso.ca or call 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315.

 

Status Definitions for Paralegals

In Private Practice
A paralegal who is licensed to provide legal services in the areas permitted within the scope of practice. This includes sole practitioners; partners, associates and employees in paralegal firms.

Providing Legal Services - Employed
A paralegal who is employed and providing legal services exclusively for the paralegal's employer.

Not Eligible to Provide Legal Services - No Proof of Insurance
A paralegal who is not eligible to provide legal services - no proof of insurance.

Not Providing Legal Services - Employed
A paralegal who is employed by an organization such as government, an educational institution, a company, a society, trade union, etc., and who does not provide legal services.

Not Providing Legal Services
A paralegal who is not currently providing legal services.

Practice Restricted
A paralegal who is providing legal services but who is restricted in the manner or in the areas in which they may provide legal services, or in the legal services they may provide. For example, the paralegal may only be permitted to provide legal services as an employee or under the supervision of another paralegal or may not be permitted to provide legal services with respect to Highway Traffic Act matters.

Suspended Administratively
A licensed paralegal who has been suspended for administrative reasons, such as failing to pay fees or file forms on time. A suspended licensed paralegal is not permitted to provide legal services.

Suspended
A licensed paralegal who has been suspended by order of the Law Society Tribunal. A suspended licensed paralegal is not permitted to provide legal services.

Undertaking Not to Practise
A promise or pledge not to practise law or provide legal services made by a lawyer or paralegal to the Law Society, usually in writing, during the course of regulatory activity, which may be permanent, or temporary until the regulatory activity is concluded.

Deceased
Paralegal is deceased.

Licence Surrendered - By Order of the Law Society Tribunal 
A former licensed paralegal who was authorized by the Law Society to surrender their licence by order of the Law Society Tribunal. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

Licence Surrendered - Administrative Surrender of Licence 
A former licensed paralegal who applied to surrender their licence and whose application was accepted. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

Licence Surrendered - Retired
A former paralegal who applied to surrender their licence after they retired from providing legal services and whose application was accepted. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

Licence Surrendered - In the Face of Regulatory Proceedings
A former licensed paralegal who applied to surrender their licence in the face of a Law Society audit, investigation or search and seizure or a proceeding before the Law Society Tribunal and whose application was approved. A person who has surrendered their licence is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

Licence Revoked
A former licensed paralegal whose licence was revoked by order of the Law Society Tribunal. A person whose licence has been revoked is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

Note: Under  By-Law 4, certain individuals and organizations are entitled to provide legal services without a licence. Please see the  Paralegal Regulation pages of our website for more information or contact the Law Society by email at  lawsociety@lso.ca or call 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315.

Licence Revoked - Administrative Suspension Over 12 Months
A former paralegal whose licence was revoked under subsection 48(1)(a) of the Law Society Act, following an administrative suspension that was still in effect more than 12 months after it was made. A person whose licence has been revoked is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

Licence Revoked - Regulatory Suspension Over 24 Months
A former paralegal whose licence was revoked under subsection 48(1)(b) of the Law Society Act, following a regulatory suspension that was still in effect more than 24 months after it was made. A person whose licence has been revoked is not licensed by the Law Society to provide legal services.

To Be Confirmed
We are waiting for further information from the paralegal with respect to their contact, status, and/or practice information (e,g. proof of insurance). For further information, please contact the Law Society by email at  lawsociety@lso.ca or call 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315.

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Lawyer Licence Type Definitions

Class L1

Subject to any terms, conditions, limitations or restrictions imposed on the class of licence or on the licensee and subject to any order made under The Law Society Act, a licensee who holds a Class L1 licence is entitled to practise law in Ontario as a barrister and solicitor.

Class L2

Subject to any terms, conditions, limitations or restrictions imposed on the class of licence or on the licensee and subject to any order made under The Law Society Act, a licensee who holds a Class L2 licence is entitled to practise law in Ontario as a barrister and solicitor in the employ of the Attorney General for Ontario or, if appointed under the Crown Attorneys Act, as a Crown Attorney or as an assistant Crown Attorney.

Class L3

Subject to any terms, conditions, limitations or restrictions imposed on the class of licence or on the licensee and subject to any order made under The Law Society Act, a licensee who holds a Class L3 licence is authorized to do any of the following:

  1. Give a person advice with respect to,
    1. the laws of Quebec,
    2. the laws of Canada, and
    3. public international law.
  2. Select, draft, complete or revise a document for use in a proceeding with respect to matters concerning the laws of Canada.
  3. Represent a person in a proceeding before an adjudicative body with respect to matters concerning the laws of Canada.

Paralegal Licence Type Definitions

Class P1

Subject to any terms, conditions, limitations or restrictions imposed on the class of licence or on the licensee and subject to any order made under The Law Society Act, a licensee who holds a Class P1 licence is authorized to do any of the following:

  1. Give a party advice on his, her or its legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding.
  2. Represent a party before,
    1. in the case of a proceeding in the Small Claims Court, before the Small Claims Court,7
    2. in the case of a proceeding under the Provincial Offences Act, before the Ontario Court of Justice,
    3. in the case of a proceeding under the Criminal Code, before a summary conviction court,
    4. in the case of a proceeding before a tribunal established under an Act of the Legislature of Ontario or under an Act of Parliament, before the tribunal, and
    5. in the case of a proceeding before a person dealing with a claim or a matter related to a claim, before the person.
  3. Anything mentioned in subsection 1 (7) of The Law Society Act, provided the activity is required by the rules of procedure governing a proceeding.
  4. Select, draft, complete or revise, or assist in the selection, drafting, completion or revision of, a document for use in a proceeding.
  5. Negotiate a party's legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding.
  6. Select, draft, complete or revise, or assist in the selection, drafting, completion or revision of, a document that affects a party's legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding.
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The Law Society Number for Lawyers and Paralegals will always consist of 6 characters. Note the Law Society Number for a Lawyer will include 5 digits and end in a letter e.g. *****A. The Law Society Number for a Paralegal will always begin with the letter P and end in 5 digits e.g. P*****.

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