So, as a follow up to my previous post about Ontario lawyers advertising their fees and the Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct concerning doing so, I did some basic research on the Law Society’s disciplinary hearing/decision website. I’m not sure if this website reflects all of the matters that have gone before the Law Society in recent history, but here’s what I found:
- Searches for “advertising” did not yield any disciplinary decisions.
- Searches for “fees” resulted in disciplinary action taken against lawyers for things like: charging fees that were excessive, splitting fees with a non-lawyer, and pre-taking legal fees without rendered a legal account.
So, I could be wrong here (perhaps a phone call to the Law Society is in order), but I haven’t been able to come across any posted disciplinary historical hearings/decisions dealing with lawyers violating the “advertising of fees” rules in 3.02 (3)of the Rules of Professional Conduct.