Public and private proceedings

It is often necessary for the Law Society to maintain confidentiality around complaints and discipline proceedings against lawyers for the following reasons:

  • Protect the identity of the complainant
  • Protect the reputation of the lawyer when a complaint is unreasonable or not valid
  • Ensure fairness to both the complainant and the lawyer
  • Protect the integrity of the Law Society’s investigation
  • Maintain solicitor/client privilege
  • Facilitate the Law Society's remedial process for managing less serious matters

However, serious complaints will often result in the lawyer being cited and a public hearing will be held. After the hearing, the full and detailed decisions of the hearing are made available to the public through the Law Society website.

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