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2014 Annual Report: Performance Highlights
Lawyers by Age and Gender
Age Total Male Female
*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Under age 30   3% 4%
Age 30 – 39   12% 14%
Age 40 – 49   12% 11%
Age 50 – 65   20% 11%
Over Age 65   12% 2%
Total 47, 428 59% 42%
Paralegals by Age and Gender
Age Total Male Female
*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Under age 30   7% 21%
Age 30 – 39   7% 16%
Age 40 – 49   9% 12%
Age 50 – 65   14% 11%
Over Age 65   3% 1%
Total 6,711 40% 61%
Geographical Distribution of Lawyers
Location Total Male Female
*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Metropolitan Toronto 50% 29% 21%
Ontario (excl. Metro Toronto) 42% 26% 16%
Canada (excl. Ontario) 5% 3% 2%
Outside Canada 4% 2% 2%
Total 101% 60% 41%
Geographical Distribution of Paralegals
Location Total Male Female
*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Metropolitan Toronto 38% 15% 23%
Ontario (excl. Metro Toronto) 61% 25% 36%
Canada (excl. Ontario) 1% 0% 1%
Outside Canada 0% 0% 0%
Total 100% 40% 60%
Type of Employment for Lawyers in Ontario
Type Total Male Female
*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Sole Practitioner   16% 6%
Partner   14% 4%
Employee   2% 2%
Associate   10% 9%
Education   1% 9%
Government   6% 9%
Other (incl. Corporate and non-profit sectors)   10% 9%
Total 37,204 59% 40%
Type of Employment for Paralegals in Ontario
Age Range Total Male Female
*Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Sole Practitioner   19% 10%
Partner   2% 1%
Employee   5% 10%
Associate   1% 2%
Education   0% 1%
Government   2% 6%
Other (incl. Corporate and non-profit sectors)   12% 29%
Total 5,360 41% 59%
Lawyers Called to the Bar in 2014
Lawyers Called No.
Men 935
Women 1049
Total 1984
Paralegals Issued a Licence in 2014
Licences Issued No.
Men 364
Women 790
Total 1154
Enrolment in the Licensing Admission Process: 2010-2014
  % of total candidates in 2010 % of total candidates in 2011 % of total candidates in 2012 % of total candidates in 2013 % of total candidates in 2014
*Based on applications for candidates who entered the licensing process in 2010 through 2014.
†Percentages obtained from applications for the licensing process in 2010 through 2014, in which applicants voluntarily self-identified.
Women* 53% 54% 50% 53% 51.9%
Racialized communities*† 19% 22% 24% 23% 23.8%
Francophones*† 5% 6% 5% 4% 6%
Aboriginal People*† 2% 2% 2% 2.6% 1.4%
Paralegal Enrolment in the Licensing Process: 2010-2014
  % of total candidates in 2010 % of total candidates in 2011 % of total candidates in 2012 % of total candidates in 2013 % of total candidates in 2014
*Based on applications for candidates who entered the licensing process in 2010 through 2014.
†Percentages obtained from applications for the licensing process in 2010 through 2014, in which applicants voluntarily self-identified.
Women* 67.1% 64% 68.6% 70.8% 71.89%
Racialized communities*† 16% 21% 22.5% 21.3% 20.1%
Francophones*† 1.5% 2.9% 1.7% 2% 2%
Aboriginal People*† 2.9% 2.6% 2.4% 3.25% 3.25%
Call to the Bar Statistics: 2005-2014
Year Total Called Female % of Total Male % of Total
2005 1,064 607 57% 457 43%
2006 1,128 592 53% 536 47%
2007 1,121 633 56.5% 488 43.5%
2008 1,297 673 51.9% 624 48.1%
2009 1,544 815 53% 729 47%
2010 1,651 836 51% 815 49%
2011 1,681 864 51% 817 49%
2012 1,866 960 51% 906 49%
2013 1,994 989 49.6% 1,005 50.4%
2014 1,984 1,049 52.9% 935 47.1%
Paralegal Licensing Statistics: 2009-2014
Year Total Licensed Female % of Total Male % of Total
2009 427 297 69.5% 130 30.4%
2010 864 612 70.8% 252 29.1%
2011 751 490 65.2% 261 34.7%
2012 1,049 698 66.5% 351 33.4%
2013 1,344 902 67.1% 442 32.8%
2014 1,154 790 68.5% 364 31.5%
New Complaints Received in PRD by Year
  2014 2013
Received by Intake Department 4,781 5,040
Transferred by Intake
To Complaints Resolution 1,555 1,852
To Investigations 1,291 1,309
Cases completed in Complaints Resolution
Complaints closed 1,532 1,788
Complaints transferred out 111 101
Cases completed in Investigations
Complaints closed 961 1,142
Complaints transferred out 273 202
Breakdown of Lawyers in Practice with Firm Size Identified who Received Complaints in Professional Regulation in 2014
Size %
Sole practitioners 53%
Lawyers in small firms (2-5) 26%
Lawyers in medium-sized firms (6-20) 15%
Lawyers in large firms (> 20) 6%
Breakdown of lawyers in practice with firm size identified
Size %
Sole practitioners 33%
Lawyers in small firms (2-5) 21%
Lawyers in medium-sized firms (6-20) 17%
Lawyers in large firms (> 20) 29%
Breakdown of Licensed Paralegals in Practice by Firm Size Identified who Received Complaints in Professional Regulation in 2014
Size %
Sole practitioners 73%
Paralegals in small firms (2-3) 21%
Paralegals in medium-sized firms (4-6) 5%
Paralegals in large firms 1%
Breakdown of paralegals in practice with firm size identified
Size %
Sole practitioners 51%
Paralegals in small firms (2-3) 20%
Paralegals in medium-sized firms (4-6) 12%
Paralegals in large firms 17%
Breakdown of Lawyers in Practice who received Complaints in Professional Regulation in 2014, by Years in Practice
Years %
0-5 years in practice 12%
6-10 years in practice 12%
11-15 years in practice 15%
16-20 years in practice 11%
21-25 years in practice 11%
26-30 years in practice 10%
over 30 years in practice 29%
Breakdown of Lawyers by Years in Practice
Years %
0-5 years in practice 20%
6-10 years in practice 15%
11-15 years in practice 15%
16-20 years in practice 11%
21-25 years in practice 10%
26-30 years in practice 9%
over 30 years in practice 20%
Breakdown of Licensed Paralegals in Practice who Received Complaints in Professional Regulation in 2013
Years %
0-1 years in practice 15%
2-3 years in practice 20%
4-5 years in practice 32%
more than 5 years in practice 33%
Breakdown of Paralegals in Practice by Years in Practice
Years %
0-1 years in practice 38%
2-3 years in practice 20%
4-5 years in practice 13%
more than 5 years in practice 29%
Area of Law in Which Complaints Occurred
Type %
Civil Litigation 25.5%
Matrimonial/Family 16.4%
Real Estate 18.2%
Criminal/Quasi-Criminal 8.7%
Estates/Wills 7%
Corporate/Commercial 4%
Employment/Labour 2%
Bankruptcy/Insolvency 0.2%
Administrative/Immigration 10%
Other 15.7%
Issues Raised in New Complaints
Issues raised in new complaints received in Professional Regulation (%)
Service Issues 52%
Integrity 40%
Governance 21%
Financial 14%
Conflicts 8%
Special Applications 9%
Hearings: Matters Heard and Disposed of by Law Society Tribunal - Hearing Division in 2014
Matters Type   Lawyers Paralegals
Conduct Total 99 24
Reprimand 15 2
Suspension 50 14
Permission to surrender licence 7 3
Revocation of licence 18 2
Fine 0 1
No penalty imposed 1 0
Dismissed/stayed 4 0
Withdrawn 4 2
Interlocutory suspension/restriction 11 3
Capacity 3 0
Competency 0 0
Non-compliance 1 0
Reinstatement 4 0
Licensing (including readmission) 2 4
  120 31
Total: 150
Discipline Issues by Percentage of Total
Discipline Issues %
Figures total more than 100% because some files raise more than one issue.
Conflicts (Lawyer in position of conflict, business/financial relations with client) 5%
Financial (Mishandling trust accounts, misappropriation, real estate/mortgage schemes) 28%
Governance (Failure to co-operate with Law Society, unauthorized practice) 40%
Integrity (Civility, counselling/behaving dishonourably) 41%
Client Service Issues (Fail to account, fail to communicate, fail to serve client) 53%
Special Applications (Capacity, good character) 12%
Tribunals: Files Opened
  2014 2013 2012

*The Tribunals Office opens a file when it is issued upon the filing of an originating process that has been served on the parties. An originating process includes a notice of application, referral for hearing, motion for interlocutory suspension or practice restriction, and appeal.

*Files related to the same lawyer or paralegal that are heard concurrently are counted as separate files.

Hearing Files 125 159 115
   Lawyer 102 127 127
   Paralegal 23 32
Appeal Files 23 20 22
   Lawyer 18 19
   Paralegal 5 1
Total 148 179 137
Tribunals: Files Closed
  2014 2013 2012

*The Tribunals Office closes a file after the final decision and order (and reasons, if any) have been delivered or published. A file that is closed in a quarter may have been opened in that same quarter or at any time prior.

Hearing Files 152 134 129
   Lawyer 119 115  
   Paralegal 33 19  
Appeal Files 28 22 14
   Lawyer 23 18  
   Paralegal 5 4  
Total 180 156 143
Number of Lawyers and Paralegals before the Tribunals
  2014 2013 2012
PMC 127 141 126
   Lawyer 109 115  
   Paralegal 18 26  
Hearing Division 161 146 159
   Lawyer 127 121  
   Paralegal 34 25  
AMC 15 18 17
   Lawyer 13 15  
   Paralegal 2 3  
Appeal Panel 26 27 18
   Lawyer 21 24  
   Paralegal 5 3  
Requests for Reviews and Review Meetings Held
  2014 2013
Requests for reviews 240 223
Cases reviewed 198 205
Recommendation for case to remain closed 160 192
Recommendation for further regulatory action 4 9
Other Recommendation 3 4
Executive Director's response to 9 files referred back for further investigation
Adopted CRC recommendation 3 6
Declined CRC recommendation 0 3
Response Outstanding 1 0
LSRS Referrals to Lawyers and Paralegals
Lawyers Paralegals
49,569 3,287
LSRS Referrals by Area of Law: Lawyers
Administrative Law Business Law Civil Litigation Criminal Law Estates Law Family Law Labour & Employment Real Estate Law
7% 3% 36% 8% 6% 20% 15% 4%
LSRS Referrals by Area of Law: Paralegals
Administrative Law Civil Litigation Criminal Law
33% 54% 13%
LSRS Members by Geographical Region: Lawyers
Central East 155
Central South 88
Central West 160
East 166
Metropolitan Toronto 514
Northeast 17
Northwest 9
Outside Ontario 1
Southwest 64
Total 1,174
LSRS Members by Geographical Region: Paralegals
Central East 33
Central South 13
Central West 25
East 14
Metropolitan Toronto 50
Northeast 3
Northwest 0
Southwest 10
Total 148
Number of New Lawyer Investigations Commenced in Year
Year Number of Complaints
09 28
10 34
11 48
12 52
13 36
14 54
Mortgage Fraud Outcomes Since 2001
Outcome No.
License Revoked (Disbarred) 41
Permission to Surrender License 17
License Suspended 49
Other Lesser Penalty (e.g.Reprimand, Fine) 2
2014 Results from the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division
Result No.
Lawyer reprimanded 1
Lawyer suspended 2
Lawyer permitted to surrender licence 1
Licence revoked 5
Trusteeships and Client Requests
Result 2013 2014
Trusteeships obtained under the Law Society Act 29 24
Trusteeships obtained by negotiated agreement 7 5
Cases in which guidance and information provided on how to wind up a lawyer's law practice 19 35
Client requests received 1,464 2,421
Client requests closed 1,531 2,396
Unclaimed Trust Fund - 2014
Applications received 429
Approved 327
Denied 110
Pending 49
Total received $517,365
Claims paid (1) $163.50