Introducing … Paul Paton on Ethics

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our new Ethics columnist, Paul Paton.

Paul has done everything at one point or another. In the early ’90s, he worked in the commercial litigation group at the old Davies, Ward & Beck in Toronto. He then served as Justice and Social Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario. He’s also worked as in-house counsel to PricewaterhouseCoopers. And, of course, he’s cultivated some renown for his writing in law reviews and journals (Fordham Law Review, ABA Journal of the Professional Lawyer) and in the legal media. As of 2010, Paul has been granted a full professorship at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California.

In his first column for Lexpert, Paul wasted no time in lambasting the Competition Bureau for what he thinks has been less than effective oversight of competition in the legal profession. Here’s just a taste:

“Did you happen to hear that strange noise earlier this fall, right after the Competition Bureau released its Post-Study Assessment on regulation of the professions? It was either a collective sigh or yawn — the sound of an opportunity missed …

“… [The Bureau] concluded that ‘[w]hile significant progress has been made … it is also evident that more can be done by the professions themselves … The level of consideration that self-regulating professional bodies give to competition issues in the development and review of their regulations is not always a comprehensive as it should be.’ No kidding.”

Welcome aboard, Paul. Way to stick it to the Man.

David Dias

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