Notice of Referral to Hearing: Christopher Ian Robinson

The Hearing Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (the “Society”) will hold a hearing, at a date and time to be determined, respecting charges against Christopher Ian Robinson, a member of the Society.

The Society charges Christopher Ian Robinson, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with professional misconduct in that he breached provisions of the Code of Professional Conduct (the “Code”) and the Legal Profession Act (the “Act”), and the Regulations made thereunder. 

Specifically, it is alleged that:

  1. Contrary to Chapter 2.1-1 and 2.1-2 and to Chapter 5.1-1, 5.1-5, and 5.6-1 of the Code, Christopher Ian Robinson (1) failed to discharge with integrity the duties and responsibilities he owed to clients, the court, the public and other members of the profession, (2) conducted himself in a way that reflected adversely on the integrity of the profession and the administration of justice, (3) failed to treat the court with candour, fairness, courtesy, and respect, (4) failed to be courteous and act in good faith to the tribunal and all persons with whom he had dealings, and (5) failed to encourage public respect for the administration of justice in the manner in which he conducted himself in the matter of Gallagher Holdings Limited v. Unison Resources Incorporated.
  2. Contrary to Chapter 2.1-1 and 2.1-2 and Chapter 7.2-1 of the Code, Christopher Ian Robinson (1) failed to discharge with integrity the duties and responsibilities he owed to clients, the court, the public and other members of the profession, (2) conducted himself in a way that reflected adversely on the integrity of the profession and the administration of justice, and (3) failed to be courteous and civil and act in good faith with opposing counsel by engaging in aggressive and/or disrespectful behaviour. 
  3. Contrary to Chapter 2.1-1 and 2.1-2, Chapter 6.3-4, and Chapter 7.2-1 of the Code, Christopher Ian Robinson (1) failed to discharge with integrity the duties and responsibilities he owed to clients, the court, the public and other members of the profession, (2) conducted himself in a way that reflected adversely on the integrity of the profession and the administration of justice, (3) engaged in a form of personal and/or gender harassment, and (4) failed to be courteous and civil and act in good faith with opposing counsel.
  4. Contrary to Chapter 2.1-1 and Chapter 5.1-5, and 5.6-1 of the Code, Christopher Ian Robinson (1) failed to discharge with integrity the duties and responsibilities he owed to clients, the court, the public and other members of the profession, (2) failed to be courteous and act in good faith to the tribunal and all persons with whom he had dealings, and (3) failed to encourage public respect for the administration of justice during the cross examination of a witness during the trial of the Gallagher Holdings Limited v. Unison Resources Incorporated  matter. 
  5. Contrary to Chapter 3.2-2 and Chapter 7.2-4 of the Code, Christopher Ian Robinson failed to be honest and candid and failed to inform his client of all information known to him that may affect the interests of his client and sent correspondence to his client that was abusive, offensive, or otherwise inconsistent with the proper tone of professional communication from a lawyer.

A further public Notice of Hearing will be published once the dates and times for the hearing are confirmed. 

The hearing will be open to the public in accordance with Section 44(1) of the Act. Note that at any hearing, preliminary motions may be heard and/or a settlement agreement may be proposed.

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