Halifax lawyer Lyle Howe has been suspended from practicing law.

A notice on the Nova Scotia Barristers Society's web page says the suspension is effective immediately and until further notice.

Executive director Darryl Pink says information came to the society's attention and after some investigation, the society determined it was in the public's interest and integrity of the legal profession that Howe be suspended.

Howe has been before the society for a disciplinary hearing accused of professional misdonduct and incompetence.

In 2014, he was convicted of sexual assault but that decision was appealed and the charge formally dismissed.