A Nova Scotia law firm accused of experienced misconduct described himself as a target of his previous legislation partner Tuesday as a disciplinary hearing into his steps wrapped up.
Adam Rodgers of Port Hawkesbury made the responses on the 2nd and ultimate day of the hearing by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Modern society.
“I nevertheless do not fairly recognize why I am below,” Rodgers informed the three-member disciplinary hearing panel, which reserved its determination.
Rodgers is alleged to have breached provisions of the Code of Specialist Conduct and the Lawful Career Act. He’s accused of professional misconduct and professional incompetence for failing to report the alleged routines of Jason Boudrot.
The two adult males headed the law company Boudrot Rodgers till October 2018. That’s when Rodgers alleged he discovered his partner was thieving from clients’ trust accounts.
In his arguments to the disciplinary hearing, Rodgers mentioned he was a victim of the “egocentric, thoughtless ambition of our controlling husband or wife.”
Rodgers accused of ignoring indications
But the attorney for the culture argued there had been a lot of warning signs and accused Rodgers of being willfully blind to Boudrot’s alleged steps.
The society achieved a settlement settlement with Boudrot in September 2019. Whilst he did not admit guilt, he agreed to be disbarred.
A forensic audit was completed on Boudrot Rodgers, but the findings are being kept confidential as element of the settlement agreement. It has not been shared with police — some thing Rodgers has also questioned.
Thilairani Pillay, government director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, verified Tuesday the culture has not forwarded a criticism about Boudrot to the RCMP.
She reported private facts about the legislation firm’s shoppers contained in the audit has to be safeguarded.
Boudrot supplied ultimatum
Rodgers informed the listening to that when an associate pointed out what Boudrot had allegedly done, the two attorneys confronted Boudrot.
Rodgers mentioned he did not instantly report Boudrot to the modern society simply because the conference was on a Friday and he worried about what the weekend would do to Boudrot’s mental health and fitness.
Alternatively, Rodgers claimed he waited right until Monday when he gave Boudrot an ultimatum. Rodgers stated his former husband or wife known as the culture himself.
“And that was the past time I have ever laid eyes on him,” Rodgers explained.
Rodgers stated purchasers have been reimbursed for their losses. He explained he has been pressured into private individual bankruptcy right after he set some of his have funds into the company to check out to keep it afloat.
Ultimately, the losses proved much too fantastic and the agency shut down. Rodgers is now practising by himself in the Port Hawkesbury spot.
The disciplinary panel reported it would try out to provide a final decision on the problems in opposition to Rodgers by the conclude of November.