JUNE 29, 2018 LAW SOCIETY ix
In circumstances where lawyer or paralegal conduct must be addressed
but formal discipline proceedings are not warranted, the Law Society
may authorize a Regulatory Meeting. At its conclusion, the Regulatory
Meeting may be publicly noted.
June 6, 2018
RE: Dennis Alfred Covello, 1983, St. Catharines (Lawyer)
THE REGULATORY ISSUES
The Lawyer was alleged to have practised while under suspension,
failed to serve his clients, failed to return his client’s file in a timely
manner and failed to respond to the communications of his clients
and third parties.
REGULATORY MEETING OUTCOME
Pursuant to the Law Society’s policy on Regulatory Meetings, a
discussion took place concerning the regulatory issues and the
applicable Rules of Professional Conduct. The members of the
Proceedings Authorization Committee reminded the Lawyer of his
obligations under the By-Laws and the Rules, and in particular to
keep his clients advised of the status of their matters and report to
them at all stages of a matter in a clear manner, ensure that any
limited scope retainers he accepts conform with the Rules, that he
clearly communicates the terms and conditions of his retainers and
respond to the communications of his clients and third parties.
The members of the Proceedings Authorization Committee agreed
that the discussion was useful, and that the Lawyer is unlikely to
conduct himself similarly in the future. The Committee concluded
that having addressed the regulatory issue, there will be no further
action regarding this matter.
(Counsel for the Society, Deborah McPhadden /The Lawyer was
unrepresented and appeared in person)