Candidate bio description
Peter Beach was called to the Bar at the Gray's Inn London in 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he took a Masters degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa where he was also President of the Students' Federation. He practiced as a barrister in London from 1974 to 1982, conducting many jury trials, including appearing at the Old Bailey. He is still a member at the English Bar. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1984 and has practiced here ever since. He is a member of; - Defense Counsel Association of Ottawa -Criminal Lawyers Association -County of Carleton Law Association - The Adovcates' Society -L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) Mr. Beach is endorsed by the Criminal Lawyers Association and has been the Regional Bencher for the East Region since 2015. For additional information on Mr. Beach, please visit his personal website at; http://peterbeach.ca/.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
I want to continue the work that I have done over the last four years and with my experience I feel that I will be considerably more effective in the next term.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
Controlling entry into the profession and implementing and maintaining professional standards.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Working to implement the recommendations of the Report from the working group on Legal Aid.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
To increase meaningful communication between the Law Society and the ordinary members.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Getting the voices of the ordinary members in the East Region to be heard at Osgoode.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
There is no simple answer to this. This issue was mishandled by the Treasurer and the Law Society from the beginning. I voted for the motion to allow conscientious objection. Most importantly, this issue should not be allowed to split the profession or to interfere with implementation of the recommendations of the working group.