In a rare move, the Law Society of Manitoba has suspended one of their own long time lawyers without conducting a full investigation.
The Winnipeg lawyer was suspended in the interim last week after allegations surface of professional misconduct including misappropriating client trust funds.
According to the society they had no choice, but to suspend the lawyer.
"It's very unusual to suspend a lawyer for conduct on an interim basis. Suspensions are generally reserved for very serious matters where the Society is satisfied that public protection requires it," said Kristin Dangerfield, a senior lawyer for the Manitoba Law Society.
The lawyer, which CBC cannot name, is also facing previous unrelated charges such as allegations of a breach of integrity and failing to serve a client.