Discipline Decision – 1988
It was alleged that Greene had:
Greene pled guilty to committing professional misconduct in that he was guilty of offences 3 and 7 above. Benchers received medical evidence respecting Greene. Benchers agreed that: Greene must pay a fine of $3,000 within 6 months, he must pay the expense of the Law Society in the investigation and hearing of the complaint (approximately $7,000) within one year, and that failure to pay either amount within one year would result in immediate suspension until the amounts were paid.
Discipline Decision – 1994
It was alleged that Greene:
The Panel considered that the lawyer appeared almost unconcerned at the hearing, but that he had practiced for a long period without any history of complaints to the Society. The Panel found that there was professional misconduct on the part of Greene and suggested to Benchers that Greene be reprimanded, ordered to pay costs of the Law Society in the hearing and the additional legal costs of the client in his action, and that Greene write a letter of apology to the client. Benchers found Greene guilty of professional misconduct. Greene was fined $1,500.00, ordered to pay the costs of the Law Society in the hearing of the complaints, and ordered to deposit with the Law Society $3,500.00 which would be used to offset the cost of a review of Greene’s law practice. If Greene did not comply with these orders, he would be suspended for an indefinite period.
Discipline Decision – 1998
By a decision of Benchers dated March 19, 1998 Richard Greene, QC was found guilty of professional misconduct pursuant to section 52 of the Law Society Act. Benchers reprimanded Mr. Greene pursuant to subsection 52(3)(a)(i) of the Act and ordered him to pay the expenses incurred by the Law Society in the investigation and hearing of the complaint pursuant to section 57 of the Act.
The violation arose from Mr. Greene’s failure to provide a proper quality of service contrary to the rule contained in Chapter II of the Canadian Bar Association Code of Professional Conduct; and to reply to a request for information from the Law Society of Newfoundland contrary to the rule contained in Chapter XIV of the Canadian Bar Association Code of Professional Conduct and to rule 9.05 of the Law Society Rules.