What is the appropriate penalty for a lawyer who has been defrauded by a fraudster?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Law Society of Ontario v. Mackay, 2022 ONLSTH 38 (CanLII):

In Law Society of Upper Canada v. Siddiqi,[5] a reprimand was also accepted as the appropriate penalty where the respondent lawyer was the victim of a very experienced fraudster. The respondent was unaware that the individual with whom he agreed to practice law was not a licensed lawyer. Once he became aware of the facts, the respondent acted professionally and appropriately. The respondent acknowledged that he had failed to assume complete professional responsibility for his practice, and thereby failed to prevent the unauthorized practice of law or facilitated the unauthorized practice of law, or both.

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