IF THE LAW SOCIETY REJECTS YOUR COMPLAINT IT GOES IN THE TRASH. THERE IS A SO CALLED APPEAL PROCESS BUT THAT IS A FARCE. YOUR CASE IS CLOSED FOREVER AND THE LAWYER GETS AWAY WITH WHATEVER
LESS THAN 10% OF ALL COMPLAINTS ARE INVESTIGATED
The Law Society in house "intake officer" goes through some sort of process on her own and decides to do one of the following three things.
This process may be delayed for years, since the law society usually will not act on a complaint until any law suit or litigation between the parties is concluded. This can take years during which the lawyer gets away with the offence.
File is Closed
Investigator takes lawyer's word over yours and decides the lawyer did nothing wrong.
COMPLAINT SENT TO PRACTICE STANDARDS
If lawyer's conduct not a discipline matter, but needs help with professional advice and direction. No punishment. Just "education." so s/he won't get caught so easily next time s/he cheats.
COMPLAINT SENT TO DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE
Committee decides if lawyer's conduct may deserver discipline. If so, complaint goes to inquiry.
May result in discipline which lawyer can appeal.