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Volume 23, June 2017
Orders LAWYER MATTERS
4. If by July 26, 2017, the Lawyer has not provided a complete
response to the Law Society, pursuant to paragraph 1 of this
order, then the Lawyer shall pay an additional fine to the Law
Society in the amount of $2000, on or before August 26, 2017.
Commencing the day following the deadline for payment,
interest shall accrue on any unpaid portion of the fine at a
rate of 2% per year.
5. The Lawyer shall pay costs to the Law Society in the amount
of $2,142 on or before May 26, 2018. Commencing the day
following the deadline for payment, interest shall accrue on any
unpaid portion of costs at a rate of 2% per year.
(Counsel for the Society, Amanda Worley / the Lawyer was not present
The Law Society alleged that Otto Mok, 2004, of Toronto, committed
The panel determined that the following allegations were established:
• The Respondent failed to serve Client A, contrary to subrule
2.01(2) of the Rules of Professional Conduct in effect prior to
October 1, 2014 (the “Rules”), in that he failed to communicate
at all stages of the matter in a timely and effective manner
and failed to clearly and fully explain the nature of the billing
• The Respondent failed to account for retainer funds to Client A in
a timely manner, contrary to subrules 2.07(5) and 2.08(10) of the
Rules and By-law 9;
• The Respondent failed to deposit cash retainers totalling $18,500
into a trust account, pursuant to By-law 9;
• The Respondent accepted payment in excess of $7,500 in cash
contrary to By-law 9;
• The Respondent failed to conduct himself in such a way as to
maintain the integrity of the profession, contrary to Rule 6.01
of the Rules by preparing false statements of account, and filing
them at an assessment hearing.