On May 26, 2016, a Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Alberta found the conduct of Robert MacKinnon, a member of the Law Society who lives and practices in Edmonton, Alberta, to be deserving of sanction on three citations. Pursuant to section 72(1)(b) of the Legal Profession Act, R.S.A 2000, c. L-8, the Hearing Committee ordered that Mr. Mackinnon be suspended for four months starting on January 1, 2017.
The citations against Mr. Mackinnon arose out of a series of condominium sales in Edmonton. Pursuant to an Agreed Statement of Facts and Admissions, Mr. Mackinnon admitted guilt with respect to two citations, namely, failing to provide conscientious service to his clients and breaching trust conditions. After considering additional evidence, the Hearing Committee found Mr. Mackinnon guilty of the remaining citation, namely, assisting his client with an improper purpose.
The Hearing Committee also ordered that Mr. Mackinnon pay costs of $24,627.08, which represents one half of the total costs of the investigation and the hearing, within one year from the date of his readmission to the active practice of law.
The following lawyer will be assuming carriage of Mr. Mackinnon's practice during the period of suspension:
Peter J. Mawson
McGlashan & Mackinnon
#101, 10033 - 80 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 1T4
Tel: (780) 437-3030
Fax: (780) 434-2266
The full written decision of the Hearing Committee has been posted to the website of the Law Society of Alberta.