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Awards for wronged legal clients in Ontario raised

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The body that oversees lawyers in Ontario has recommended that compensation to clients who are cheated by a lawyer be increased. The Law Society of Upper Canada has determined that the compensation cap be raised to half-a-million dollars. The last increase came in 2008, when the cap was boosted to $150,000. Over the past 2 years, nearly $8 has been paid out to 260 claimants.

More than $1 million were doled out to 35 clients of a single Toronto lawyer who stole money from trust accounts before fleeing the country.

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