Meet the Slate!
These 22 lawyers ran on a platform to eliminate the compelled Statement of Principles, known as StopSOP. They were elected with top votes from across the province and will serve the profession as benchers until 2023.
Their campaign was organized and led by the StopSOP Team, which included these non-bencher lawyers and paralegals and many others who helped in various capacities:
- Bencher Profiles
- Alexander Wilkes
As your representative, Alexander Wilkes will work steadfastly towards reducing law society fees, eliminating red tape and repealing Recommendation 3.1.
The approximately 50% increase in fees over the past decade represents a significant burden for small firms, sole practitioners, and those working in smaller, remote communities. Where such increases are the result of “mission creep,” as opposed to core activities, there are opportunities to reduce costs by narrowing the focus of the society. Given that access to justice is a key concern for many in the province, we should be mindful that higher costs also affect clients of the legal system. Alexander will work to bring the LSO’s mandate back in line with what should be its core purposes, such as licensing and discipline.
Eliminate Red Tape
Good lawyers should be left to practice law. Unnecessarily onerous compliance requirements take up valuable time that is better spent serving the public. Alexander will work to create efficiencies to reduce compliance burdens while compromising neither high standards within the profession, nor public protection.
Repealing Recommendation 3.1 – Statement of Principles (SOP)
Alexander is part of the #StopSOP slate to repeal recommendation 3.1, which compels licensees to promote controversial political speech as a requirement to practice law. The matter is now before the Court at significant law society expense. Numerous concerns have already been expressed by lawyers regarding the compelled speech found in the SOP, directly infringing lawyers’ Charter rights, as is acknowledged by the LSO. On a more fundamental level, the SOP and the accompanying EDI recommendations advanced by the LSO, though well-intentioned, reflect policies that focus on dividing and categorizing people, and thus inevitably do more harm than good to society when implemented. Alexander, like most lawyers in Ontario, is committed to addressing and eliminating any residual racism in the profession, but this must involve a return to a societal focus on individuals over group identity, where, as advocated by Martin Luther King, people are judged by the quality of their character and not the color of their skin, nor any other immutable characteristic.
Alexander Wilkes is trained in Canadian, Scots, English and European law.
After completing his articles at one of the top construction law firms in Ontario, Alexander founded his own practice, representing clients in civil litigation, ADR, corporate, municipal, employment, and criminal matters.
Alexander maintains a strong commitment in his own practice to facilitating access to justice, taking on a cross-section of cases, including low income and vulnerable clients.
LL.B. (Hons.) Edinburgh University 2015
Called to the Ontario Bar 2017