Law society reprimands, fines member

Ryan Ross
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Charlottetown lawyer Paul Mullin has been reprimanded by the Law Society of P.E.I

The Law Society of P.E.I. has reprimanded one of its own members after allegations of professional misconduct involving a conflict of interest.

In a settlement agreement dated April 11, Charlottetown lawyer Paul Mullin accepted paying $22,000 toward the costs related to the investigation, paying a $3,000 fine and having a letter of reprimand placed on his record.

The complaint, which two of Mullin's former clients filed in May 2012, involved his role in their purchase and sale of shares in MJL Enterprises Inc., which develops web-based software.

At the time Mullin was the complainants' lawyer in unrelated matters, he was also a shareholder, officer, director and lawyer for MJL.

Prior to the reprimand, Mullin was a member of the law society in good standing since 1972 and had no record of professional regulatory charges.

An investigation by a member of the law society's disciplinary committee members found that in 2007 Mullin introduced the complainants to an investment opportunity in MJL.

The complainants did buy shares, which they later sold, and Mullin was involved in the transactions.

Mullin agreed to the allegations against him, including that his duties to the complainants and his personal interests were in conflict.

He also agreed to the allegation that he allowed his business activities outside of his law practice to jeopardize his professional integrity, independence or competence.

Mullin has 60 days from the settlement date to pay the fine and two years to pay the investigation costs.

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Organizations: MJL Enterprises

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • AMAZED
    April 22, 2014 - 07:27

    Scary to think what fines will be levied on lawyers and other so called professional people who scammed the PNP program. I do not have much faith in the RCMP ever getting anything done on this file but CRA can get blood from a stone and when they dig out the corruption they can give it to the Mounties then...they will likely still probably fumble the ball though .

  • Leonard O
    April 21, 2014 - 17:34

    Is this he largest fine ever assessed?