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TWU vote on agenda for September 26 Benchers meeting

[posted July 14, 2014]

On September 26, the Benchers will again discuss and vote on motions regarding the proposed faculty of law at Trinity Western University.

The Benchers are also accepting written submissions from anyone wanting to provide input or information to assist them with their decisions. The deadline for submissions is September 3. Submissions may be sent by email to submissions@lsbc.org or by mail to The Law Society of BC - Attention: Executive Director, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4Z9. All submissions will be identified by the name and date of submission and made public on the Law Society website as they are received. Anonymous submissions will not be considered or posted.

Further information can be found here.

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Law Society appointed custodian of Gerhardus Albertus Pyper’s law practice and Pyper Law Group

[posted June 26, 2014]

Gerhardus Albertus Pyper has been suspended from practicing law, and the Law Society has been appointed custodian of his law practice. As such they will take custody of all files, bank accounts and accounting records, contact clients with open files and act on their behalf on matters of immediate and urgent concern. They will also assist clients in locating a new lawyer and ensure that trust funds are properly accounted for. Clients with questions regarding their files should contact Manika Rajan at the Law Society.

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2013 financial statements

[posted June 25, 2014]

The Law Society's 2013 audited financial statements are now available online.

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Resolution adopted at Special General Meeting

[posted June 10, 2014]

On June 10, 2014, the members of the Law Society passed a resolution at a special general meeting directing the Benchers to declare that the proposed law school at Trinity Western University is not an approved faculty of law for the purposes of the Law Society’s admission program.

The resolution was passed in a 3,210 to 968 vote.

While section 13 of the Legal Profession Act sets out that a resolution at a general meeting is not binding on the Benchers except as provided under that section, Benchers will give this resolution serious and thoughtful consideration.

For background and supporting documents, see Special General Meeting June 10, 2014.

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Prince Rupert by-election results

[posted June 6, 2014]

Sarah WestwoodSarah Westwood has been elected as a Bencher for Prince Rupert county in the June 6, 2014 by-election. Westwood's term begins immediately on election and ends on December 31, 2015.

Called in 2002, Westwood articled and practised as a corporate-commercial solicitor in Vancouver until moving to Smithers in 2004. She started her own firm in 2005, and has since practised largely as a barrister, including ad hoc Crown, criminal defence, family, employment and child protection cases.

In 2013, she was elected as a representative to the Provincial Council of the CBA, BC Branch, and served on the Rural Lawyers Task Force in 2014. She also presented and spoke at the 2013 CBABC conference on issues facing rural practitioners.

In her election statement, Westwood noted, in part: "I am acutely aware of the challenges of practice and access to justice in rural and remote communities, and how issues of poverty, distance and culture affect our clients and the communities in which we live and work. I am also aware of, and have written on, how these issues complicate and affect how we practise and serve those seeking legal assistance while maintaining our professional standards."

See the voting results.

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2013 Report on Performance now available

[posted May 26, 2014]

The Law Society’s annual report provides a progress update on the second year of our 2012 – 2014 Strategic Plan as well as a review of our regulatory performance.

In this year's report, key performance measures indicate that we were successful in meeting most of our goals. These measures evaluate the overall effectiveness of Law Society programs, giving us the opportunity for ongoing improvement. In addition, they form a critical part of our regulatory transparency, informing the public, government, the media and the legal community about how we are meeting our regulatory obligations.

Read the 2013 Law Society Report on Performance.

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