Stephane Asnot MonPremier, a barrister and solicitor at MonPremier Professional Corp. in Orleans, is accused of “failing to act as a competent lawyer,” according to a notice of application filed on Dec. 21.
Further specifications include failing to directly communicate with a client to confirm that he had been retained by her as well as failing to ensure that all necessary documents and consents were obtained to complete a transfer of real property which closed on June 8, 2010.
The document does not specify what property it refers to.
Should the law society find that the professional misconduct charges will be applied, Mr. MonPremier could face a variety of consequences including losing his license, a fine or a requirement to seek additional training to improve professional competence, according to the Law Society Act.
The accusations have not been proven.
Mr. MonPremier was not available for comment. This was the first time he has been involved with disciplinary proceedings, according to the law society.
In a written statement to the OBJ, a spokesperson from the law society said that it does not speculate on possible outcomes of discipline matters before a hearing panel.
The notice of application calls for a “proceeding management conference” on Jan. 30 at the offices of the law society.
MonPremier Professional Corp. is an Ottawa law firm providing bilingual services in family law and real estate law. It includes satellite offices on Antares Drive and March Road in Kanata as well as its head office on St. Joseph Boulevard.
Mr. MonPremier opened the law practice in 2002 with eleven other lawyers, according to the website.
The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario in the public interest and ensures that all of them meet various standards of conduct.