Clarification of allegations regarding Douglas Keshen

TORONTO, June 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Recent reports have addressed the Law Society Tribunal hearing in Kenora regarding lawyer Douglas Jack Keshen.

The Law Society wishes to clarify that there are no allegations that Mr. Keshen charged contingency fees above the levels permitted, nor that he personally made high-interest loans to residential school survivors.

The only allegations before the Tribunal are set out in the Notices of Application in Tribunal files LCN64/15 and LCN116/15, available on the Tribunal's website.

The Law Society Tribunal is an independent adjudicative tribunal within The Law Society of Upper Canada. The Tribunal processes, hears and decides regulatory cases about Ontario lawyers and paralegals in a manner that is fair, just and in the public interest. 

The Tribunal has made no decision on any allegations, which are put forward by the Law Society prosecutors. A decision on this case will be made following the hearing. The Law Society and the Tribunal must ensure that decisions are made using a process that is fair to all parties.

More information about the Tribunal and its processes is available on the Law Society Tribunal's website at

The Law Society of Upper Canada is the governing body of lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario, and to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada

For further information: Media contact: Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor,, or 416-947-7605. Follow us on Twitter @LawsocietyLSUC


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