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Hamilton lawyer loses law license for misappropriating client's money | inTheHammer

A now-former lawyer in Hamilton has misplaced his licence due to three findings of professional misconduct — along with one that he spent cash that he was retaining in have faith for a client.

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) these days posted a ruling by using its listening to division in the rely of Matthew Carson, who practised household law beneath the firm title LFA Carson Professional Corporation. The company had offices in downtown Hamilton.

From 2017 to ’19, Carson represented a client in his household regulation case. The parties agreed that the consumer would get hold of $120,505, which were transferred into Carson’s have confidence account on Sept. 3, 2019. But the money in no way made it to the client. The purchaser took the count to the Law Society, which opened an investigation late in August 2020.

This past August, some three years and an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic later, proceedings had been held through videoconference.

Investigators from LSO located that Carson moved some “$34,551 from his have confidence account to his customary account and used it to pay for enterprise disbursements and non-public expenses. He also used about $25,000 from that contract to meet “unrelated financial obligations” to other clients. Bookkeeping at the association was once additionally lacking, the LSO says.

The physique that self-regulates attorneys and paralegals in Ontario has paid the purchaser some $117,407.93, the quantity they would have received minus the ordinary billable hours for the prison work.

Initially, the LSO held that Carson have to reimburse that complete amount. However, after some bookkeeping revisions, and subtraction of some $59,000 that is now below LSO trusteeship, Carson will have to pay back about 1/2 that.

The quondam criminal advocate, whose full name is Matthew Adam Beau-Thane Carson, will as a substitute have to pay the LSO $57,438.12 with the aid of Feb. 24, 2024. In addition to having his licence revoked, he ought to comply fully with the terms of the Law Society’s Guidelines for Former Lawyers Whose Licences Have Been Revoked or Who Have Been Permitted to Surrender Their Licences.

The full ruling is accessible at

There is a firm named Carson Law that is based totally in Burlington. That practice, though, has a focal point that includes real property transactions, enterprise boom and estate/succession planning.

All of Hamilton’s most important mayoral candidates have come out in support of one of their rivals after she came ahead to report misogynist vandalism on her campaign signage.

Election front-runner Andrea Horwath, previously provincial NDP leader, introduced on October 18 that she and her group had to report the vandalism to the Hamilton Police Service before this week.

She said, “The misogynistic and violent imagery that was once used is so stressful that I’m no longer in a position to share the pics on social media.”

“It is unacceptable that this sort of hate persists,” she persevered noting that Black, Indigenous and LGBT candidates are far extra probable to suffer abuse, “We cannot tolerate this trend. Community leaders in Hamilton ought to name out hate when they see it. Hamilton can be higher than this. We all have a duty to stand together.”

Horwath’s competitors naturally agreed. First Bob Bratina, formerly Hamilton mayor from 2010 to 2014, said, “I’m beyond dissatisfied to hear about this. Misogyny and violence have no region in Hamilton. All of us ought to stand up and speak out in opposition to this.”

Next Keanin Loomis, former CEO of the Hamilton board of alternate and Horwath’s closest rival, next came out to say “It’s instances like this where we have to put politics aside and stand collectively to condemn these acts of hate, violence and disrespect.”

“It’s totally unacceptable and disappointing to see this occur in our metropolis and our democracy. No one deserves it. Not Kojo. Not Andrea. Not anyone,” he continued.

More recently Kojo “Easy” Damptey, a candidate for Ward 14 who is Black, had one of his signs defaced with a white supremacist poster. Damptey was once knowledgeable by supporters of a “White Lives Matter” sticker slapped over his face on the poster.

The White Lives Matter poster linked to a Telegram web page which describes this agency as an “initiative that furthers the hobbies of White Children via real-life action.”

The evocation of “white children” is frequent among white supremacist, neo-Nazi, alt-right and skinhead actions due notorious white supremacist slogan, the Fourteen Words, which concludes with the phrase, “secure…a future for white children.”