Bay Roberts lawyer suspended from practising law for three months

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Bay Roberts lawyer Doug Moores has been suspended from practising law by the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador for a period of three months.

Doug Moores

An adjudication tribunal of the society’s disciplinary panel, following a hearing, found Moores guilty of “conduct deserving of sanction.”

Moores entered a guilty plea to allegations concerning his role in 11 real estate transactions in which there were indicators of potential mortgage fraud.

According to a notice published by the society, the complaint did not allege that Moores knowingly participated in assisting for facilitating mortgage fraud by others.

The misconduct arose from the degree by which Moores delegated responsibility for the real estate transactions to his legal assistants, and associated with that, his failure to ensure that he retained and properly exercised responsibility when requests were made for credits against the purchase prices of the properties.

The tribunal ordered that Moores be suspended from practising law for three months starting Oct. 19; that for two years following the expiry of the suspension the society’s executive director can order audits of the real estate files of Moores at any time; and that Moores pay costs in the amount of $40,000 plus HST, to be paid prior to Moores resuming practicing law.

Geographic location: Bay Roberts

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  • leafs one
    October 22, 2013 - 07:32

    three months to sell hotseats for the cee-bees

    • Joe Hunt
      October 22, 2013 - 13:47

      Comment of the year, right there. Father and son were front line and center last year when they won, nowhere to be found now.

  • Steve
    October 21, 2013 - 16:37

    The fox guards the hen-house, it must be nice to sanction yourself. Now what action was taken against these alleged others? This reeks to the high heavens.

  • DON SMITH
    October 21, 2013 - 14:14

    Doug a great time of year to head south this too shall pass there is non among us who hasn't screwed up, "NO ONE' the key of course is not to get caught /

  • Jack
    October 21, 2013 - 13:41

    Since when does a law society have a right to charge taxes on fines? In addition, since Doug Moores' suspension is his first offence, the fines should be much lower and no tax. Besides, we shouldn't pay tax on a punishment.