Summary of Decision on Facts, Determination, Disciplinary Action and Costs


SUSAN MARGARET BEN-OLIEL

Vancouver, BC

Called to the Bar: September 2, 1994

Discipline hearing: September 23, 2016

Panel: Phil Riddell, Chair, Carolynn Ryan and Peter Warner, QC

Decision issued: October 4, 2016 (2016 LSBC 35) [LINKED]

Counsel: Carolyn Gulabsingh for the Law Society; no one appearing on behalf of Susan Margaret Ben-Oliel

FACTS

On June 9, 2016, a different hearing panel determined that Susan Margaret Ben-Oliel had persistently failed to respond to Law Society communications and had committed professional misconduct. The panel ordered that Ben-Oliel “ provide a complete and substantive response to” the Law Society’ s inquiries by June 30, 2016 (2016 LSBC 31).

Ben-Oliel failed to comply with the order and provided no explanation for the failure to comply.

DETERMINATION

Ben-Oliel’ s conduct in failing to comply with the panel’ s order constitutes professional misconduct.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The hearing panel ordered that Ben-Oliel:

  • be suspended for two months, consecutive to any suspension she has already been ordered to serve. If, at that time, she has not complied with the order of June 9, 2016, she will remain suspended until she does comply; and
  • pay costs in the amount of $1,258.09.

2016 LSBC 35 Decision on Facts, Determination, Disciplinary Action and Costs