In its News/GTA section, the Toronto Star ran a story relating to confidentiality rules surrounding complaints to the Law Society against lawyers. The Star quoted Hanuka’s balanced opinion on the issue:

Toronto lawyer Ben Hanuka said it is generally fair to keep complaints that don’t result in discipline confidential, because many are “groundless” and would “unfairly damage the lawyer’s reputation.”

However, when there is a basis to be concerned about a lawyer’s practice, Hanuka said there is “a problem with this confidentiality rule.”

(There) is no way of knowing the basis for the Law Society’s decision not to reprimand the lawyer,” he said in an email. “Without transparency, it is impossible to have a full picture of the lawyer’s dealings.”

For a full text of the article in the Toronto Star, Click here.

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