Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: July 13, 2017

Amarjit Singh Dhindsa

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.  Commencing approximately July 2014 you acted in a conflict of interest by acting for A Inc. and one or more of 93 end purchasers in connection with the purchase and sale of lots in a development property originally owned by F Ltd., contrary to rule 3.4-1 and section 2 of Appendix C of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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

2.  In the course of representing your client, A Inc., in connection with the purchase of a development property from F Ltd. and subsequent sale of one or more of lots 5, 6, 34, 53, 55, 57, 59, 66, 77 and 79 to the end purchasers whom you also represented, you failed to honour a trust condition imposed by lawyer JH, in each of his ten letters dated January 29, 2015, by failing to provide JH with a copy of the compliance deposit agreements signed by the end purchasers prior to the registration of the transfer documents, contrary to rule 7.2-11 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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

3.  In the course of representing your client, A Inc., in connection with the purchase of a development property from F Ltd. and subsequent sale of one or more of lots 17, 27, 58, 78 and 93 to the end purchasers represented by notary HV, you failed to honour a trust condition imposed by lawyer JH, in each of his five letters dated March 31, 2015 or April 13, 2015, by doing one or more of the following contrary to rule 7.2-11 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia:

(a)  failing to provide JH with a copy of the compliance deposit agreements signed by the end purchasers prior to authorizing the registration of transfer documents by HV;

(b)  failing to provide JH with a copy of undertaking letters between your office and HV prior to the completion date under the purchase agreement between A Inc. and the end purchasers.

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

4.  In the course of representing your client, A Inc., in connection with the purchase of a development property from F Ltd. and subsequent sale of one or more of lots 37, 54, 64 and 69 to the end purchasers whom you also represented, you failed to honour a trust condition imposed by lawyer JH, in each of his four letters dated May 22, 2015, by registering transfer documents when you did not hold in your trust account sufficient funds to complete the transaction and without concurrently registering the applicable mortgages, contrary to rule 7.2-11 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia:

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