Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society wants Lyle Howe disbarred
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking to have lawyer Lyle Howe disbarred, two months after he was found guilty of professional misconduct.
Victoria Rees, the society’s director of professional responsibility, says over the course of several years and in response to numerous complaints, the society “engaged in many different efforts” to help Howe practice ethically and competently. She says that included practice conditions and close practice supervision.
“Ultimately and regretfully, these efforts were not successful in ensuring Mr. Howe’s ethical compliance in the public interest,”Rees said in a statement.
“On this basis, and the hearing panel’s findings that Mr. Howe is guilty of significant professional misconduct and professional incompetence, it is the Society’s position that there are no other avenues for public protection available other than disbarment.”
In addition to asking for disbarment, the society is also seeking $450,000 to $600,000 from Howe, which represents 40 to 60 per cent of the cost of the disciplinary hearing.
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The hearing panel of two lawyers and one public representative will make the decision on a penalty for Howe and deliver a written decision within 30 business days.
The society says it would be premature for them to anticipate whether or not Howe will appeal whatever penalty is handed down.
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