A lawyer from Conception Bay South on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula has been reprimanded for having sex with a client.

Robert Regular ran afoul of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador after the woman filed a complaint saying she had a long-term relationship with him, even while he was representing her.

Although the law society didn't agree with her complaint that Regular was in a conflict of interest in the last years of their relationship, it said Regular broke the rules by having sex with a client.

Regular went to court to have that decision overturned. But in a recent ruling, Justice Richard LeBlanc found Regular had failed to act with integrity.

The issue has been sent back to a panel of the law society to decide further punishment.