Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation Issued: June 21, 2017

William Lorne Macdonald

Citations are authorized by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer that will be considered at a discipline hearing. Please note that allegations in a citation are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.

Nature of conduct to be inquired into:

1.  On or about July 30, 2015, you misappropriated client trust funds or improperly withdrew or authorized the withdrawal of client trust funds when you knew or ought to have known that those withdrawals were not properly charged to the clients, contrary to Rule 3-64(1) of the Law Society Rules, being one or more of the nine withdrawals attributed to clients as set out in Schedule “A”.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct or breach of the Act or rules, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

2.  In the alternative to Allegation 1, on or about July 30, 2015, you withdrew or authorized the withdrawal of client trust funds to pay fees without delivering a bill to the person charged contrary to Rule 3-65 of the Law Society Rules, in relation to one or more of the nine charges to clients paid from trust as set out in Schedule “A”.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct or breach of the Act or rules, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

 

Schedule "A"

Client Amount Withdrawn
Client A $406.35
Client B $296.77
Client C $82.29
Client D $97.50
Client E $20.00
Client F $21.25
Client G $202.95
Client H $472.32
Client I $300.45 USD