Guelph lawyer under suspension

The hearing panel ordered Singh suspended for a month beginning last Nov. 19 - to continue indefinitely until he provided accurate records.

The Toronto Star
February 21, 2006

Guelph lawyer under suspension
Isabel Teotonio

A prominent Guelph lawyer and recipient of the Order of Canada has been suspended by the Law Society of Upper Canada for professional misconduct.

Tapishar Sher Singh, 56, was found guilty of professional misconduct after three former clients lodged complaints.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Varondeo Singh complained to the society in 2001 that he had provided the lawyer with documents that were never returned to him.

Kenneth and Virginia Bodendistel complained in 2003 that they were billed $4,000 for work never properly documented.

The investigation of Singh, who served 1990-93 on the Ontario Police Commission, culminated with a hearing last June 29 and Nov. 11.

The three-member panel deemed Singh guilty of professional misconduct for failing to serve Varondeo Singh.

It also found Singh failed to keep accurate records on the Bodendistels; failed to fully co-operate with the investigation; failed to properly account to the couple for trust money received on their behalf; and didn't follow legal requirements when he withdrew trust funds to cover legal fees and disbursements.

The hearing panel ordered Singh suspended for a month beginning last Nov. 19 - to continue indefinitely until he provided accurate records.

Society spokesperson Lisa Hall said yesterday that Singh has still not provided those records and remains under suspension.

Singh could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Credit: Toronto Star


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