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Lawyer disbarred over high fees for residential school survivors

A Manitoba lawyer has been stripped of his licence to practise law

because he took too much money from former students of residential


Howard Tennenhouse pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking some $950,000 in excess fees from 55 former students.

The Law Society of Manitoba says all students will be reimbursed, either by Tennenhouse or by the society.

The federal government is in the midst of settling claims by former students who were abused at residential schools.

Lawyers for the victims are normally given a 15 per cent fee by the government, on top of what their clients are given.

Tennenhouse pleaded guilty to taking additional fees from his clients without the approval of a federal adjudicator.