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A local lawyer has been banned from electronically communicating with female lawyers in the province except for work-related reasons.
The Law Society of Manitoba issued a notice of undertaking for Ryan William Fawcett, where he agrees not to contact other female lawyers by FaceTime, text message, email or other direct messaging or video apps, according to a post on the society’s website.
"If he intends on communicating with a female lawyer of the Society for a non-work-related reason, in the manners described, he must first obtain the written authorization of the Society," the notice reads.
The notice was issued on Aug. 6.
When reached on Tuesday morning, Law Society of Manitoba director of regulations Leah Kosokowsky said she couldn’t provide information on what led to the undertaking, but described it as a "solemn promise" to abide by its conditions.
She said the society receives undertakings from lawyers in a variety of circumstances and no disciplinary hearing has been scheduled.
If an undertaking is breached, Kosokowsky said it could result in an investigation and potential discipline.
The order will remain in place unless the law society changes it or the society’s chief executive officer relieves Fawcett of it.
Fawcett currently practises in Brandon with Legal Aid Manitoba. He was called to the bar in 2001.
Fawcett could not be reached Tuesday for comment by the Sun, but told CBC News in an email the issue does not pertain to a disciplinary matter.
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