Good faith & the duty of honest performance; Lawyers Practicing in Association; Law Society Discipline Hearings; Trust Accounts - An auditor’s point of view |

Good faith and the duty of honest performance; Lawyers Practicing in Association; Law Society Discipline Hearings; Trust Accounts - An auditor’s point of view

Good faith and the duty of honest performance; Lawyers Practicing in Association; Law Society Discipline Hearings; Trust Accounts - An auditor’s point of view

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CPD Accredited Credits
Professionalism: 1.0
Graeme Coffin
Jeffrey Lem
Merredith MacLennan
Lisa Roper
Chris Wight
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
1 hour
$99.00 plus tax
CCLA Solicitors Conference 2015
Includes Handouts
  • Good faith and the duty of honest performance
  • Lawyers Practicing in Association
  • Law Society Discipline Hearings
  • Trust Accounts - An auditor’s point of view


Graeme Coffin

Director of Titles Jeffrey Lem

Jeffrey Lem

Jeffrey W. Lem is the Director of Titles for the Province of Ontario. In that capacity, he has responsibility for the Land Titles Act, the Registry Act, the Boundaries Act, the Land Registration Reform Act, as well as portions of other legislation relating to the almost 6.5 million parcels of land in the Province.

Jeffrey also serves the broader legal community as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, where he was the vice-chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, and currently sits on the Proceedings Authorization Committee, the Real Estate Working Group, and the Alternative Business Structures Task Force.

Jeffrey is certified as a Specialist in Real Estate Law by The Law Society of Upper Canada and is the proud recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's Award for Excellence in Real Estate, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award for Dedication to the Profession. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating (AV®), and has been recognized in the real estate field in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global Guide, and The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers.

Jeffrey is currently an editor-in-chief of the Real Property Reports (and, before that, an associate editor of the Digest of Real Property Law). He is also the author of the real estate law and expropriation law volumes of Halsbury's Laws of Canada, the legal editor for Building Magazine, and a real estate law columnist for Law Times and Lawyers Weekly. He was the first Canadian member ever elected to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and is a former long-standing member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Jeffrey and has written widely for various journals and magazines, including the Real Property Reports, Municipal World, Building Magazine, Toronto Real Estate News, Digest of Real Property Law and Digest of Municipal and Planning Law. Jeffrey was an instructor in the real property section of the Bar Admission Course for Ontario and the Director of the LL.M. Program for Real Estate Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and currently lectures on real estate law at the Bora Laskin Law School at Lakehead University. Jeffrey is also a past president of the Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario, and speaks regularly for various continuing legal education organizations.

Jeffrey has a B.Comm, U of T (1984), a J.D., Osgoode Hall (1987), and an LL.M. Osgoode Hall (2002). He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1989 and has been a solicitor on the rolls in England and Wales since 2000. Before joining the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Jeffrey practiced real estate law as a partner in Toronto law firms.

Merredith MacLennan

Merredith MacLennan joined Stewart Title as Senior Counsel – Commercial Underwriting in June 2017 and is responsible for underwriting large commercial transactions across the country. Prior to joining Stewart Title, Merredith was a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP in Ottawa with an extensive real estate and land development practice where she was routinely retained to resolve complex title matters.

Merredith has lectured on real estate matters at events organized by various organizations, including the Law Society of Ontario, FOLA, the OBA, various local law associations, and Stewart Title.  Merredith is the Real Estate Co-Chair for the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (formerly CDLPA). She is a long-time member of the CCLA Solicitor's Conference Planning Committee and was an active member of the CCLA Real Estate Lawyer’s Committee from 2001-2014 and continues to attend their meetings as an invited guest. She is a member of the Provincial Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate as well the Law Society’s Real Estate Liaison Group. 

Merredith holds a B.A. from Dalhousie University, an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall. She was called to the Bar in 1999.

Lisa Roper

Lisa Roper is a Chartered Professional Accountant, with an Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business. Lisa joined The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Spot Audit Program in January of this year. Prior to joining the Law Society, Lisa has held a variety of audit positions with federal government departments and provincially regulated product stewardship associations.

Chris Wight

Christopher Wight is a Chartered Professional Accountant, with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business. He has been with The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Spot Audit Program since 2010. Prior to joining the Law Society, Christopher held the position of Senior Auditor at BDO Canada LLP.

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