HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is recommending Lyle Howe be disbarred.
The Halifax lawyer was found guilty of professional misconduct and professional incompetence earlier this summer following a disciplinary hearing.
Howe is now not only facing disbarment, but the society is also seeking reimbursement for costs associated with that hearing, which was the longest in its history.
The society is seeking upwards of $600,000 from Howe, which it says will cover about half of the cost. It is prepared to offer Howe a payment plan, but he says he does not have the money to pay.
A decision on the “sanctions” against Howe will come from a panel, and is scheduled to be finished within 30 business days.
Howe is still suspended by the society pending a second hearing that would look into three more complaints against the lawyer.