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Old 02-27-2016, 09:16 AM   #1
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In Canada, the Law Societies have a reputation for concealing the wrongdoings of lawyers on a systemic level. In one way I can understand if they do this once for some recent law grad who made a dumb mistake due to inexperience. But when they repeatedly cover up even egregious cases of ineffective assistance of counsel or criminal offenses like extortion and billing-fraud, I think such cover-ups, when discovered, taints the entire legal profession.

I am doing a thesis on Legal Ethics of Refugee Extraditions and came across this "unusual" case of a Canadian lawyer named William Gilmour of Ontario, Canada who basically fabricated his legal credentials to a whistle blower client and former federal agent of the U.S. government who sought sanctuary in Canada with his Canadian wife and children. Upon arriving in Canada he filed a refugee claim.

When reviewing the case files it is impossible to dismiss the many legal failures of Gilmour that are self-explanatory and IMO, so far beyond the code of ethics, that it is unbelievable there was no disbarrment. Read this and see if you agree... http://GilmourLawSocietyComplaint.wordpress.com.

Now also consider that the lawyer in question was also terminated from his former law firm for "billing irregularities" and prior to becoming a lawyer was involved in a wrongful shooting incident as an RCMP officer and asked to resign. Then according to the archives at Tom Davis Courthouse in Brampton, Ontario, this same attorney was himself arrested for assaulting a minor.

Shortly thereafter he began "misplacing" documentary evidence when the client suggested he would terminate his representation. Now that you know this background, can you fathom any reason why the Law Society would continue covering-up for this attorney?
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:26 PM   #2
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Solicitor William Gilmour is not your typical Canadian lawyer and I hope people reading this thread will not use him as a yardstick to measure the ethics and integrity of all Canadian lawyers. As you can see from this link he is not the only problem child of the Canadian legal community http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/...o-to-jail.html.

Having said this, I must say that as a bencher for more than 5 years, the real problem is a corrupt Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). To be direct, they charge lawyers annual dues every year which really amounts to "protection money". In return for private pay-offs that can be as much as $500,000 (depending upon the severity of the accusation) the LSUC will keep victims from calling the police or news media with their innocuous agreements (aka disclosure agreements). I found these articles online, and I am very sad to say that they are true.

http://projects.thestar.com/broken-trust/

http://www.canlaw.com/law-society/pr...l#.Ve_njMuwrIU

http://lawsocietyofuppercanada.wordpress.com

http://www.lawtimesnews.com/20140512...uld-lsuc-be-re...

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013...ase_spurs_ques...

http://article.chinalawinfo.com/Arti...rticleId=86561

Also, as you know, the LSUC would never disclose the arrest record of any lawyer that is a member of the Law Society including Gilmour's arrest on August 14th, 2001 for child abuse, even though it is a matter of public record at the Peel Regional Police Department in Mississauga. By comparison, the American Bar Association provides transparency of a lawyer's arrest records, but the LSUC is all about secrecy.

What make matters even worse is that the LSUC cannot be sued for any of their wrong doings, even even if they obstruct justice. So yes, Gilmour may be a "bad apple" but the LSUC is the tree of corruption from which this apple fell.
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Yes, I agree... the Law Society of Canada is an "old boys" network that covertly shields crooked and criminal lawyers and Gilmour was just the **** that floated to the top of the swimming pool. Dozens of other cases remain submerged and out of public view. This Canadian lawyer has been convicted 18 times and is still practicing law. And just like Gilmour "Is a member in good standing with the Law Society" which is the reply you get when you contact the Law Society of Upper Canada about any of their members!

http://windsorstar.com/news/kidnappe...iminal-records

My personal experience with them is too long to explain, but I was actually threatened when they learned I was going to turn over my case files to the Globe & Mail newspaper for investigation. The LSUC is a corrupt organization in dire need of reform and a complete flush.
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This update is better late than never IMO: https://lawsocietyofuppercanada.word...our-hopes-not/
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2018 UPDATE: There is a new "interesting" collection of crooked judges and lawyers at Reddit. Here is the link and of course, this Gilmour fellow is there, http://reddit.com/r/crooked_lawyers
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