Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: October 17, 2017

Michael Wilson Wayne Atmore

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 January 30, 2014, you misappropriated or improperly withdrew trust funds, purportedly in payment of your fees or disbursements incurred in connection with one or more of the ten clients particularized in Schedule “A”, when you knew or ought to have known that those fees or disbursements were not properly charged to your client(s), contrary to Rule 3-56(1) [now Rule 3-64] of the Law Society Rules.

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

  2. On or about January 30, 2014, you authorized the withdrawal of client trust funds to pay fees or disbursements incurred in connection with one or more of the eleven clients identified in Schedule “B” without first preparing and immediately delivering a bill to the client(s), contrary to Rule 3-57(2) [now Rule 3-65(2)] of the Law Society Rules or section 69 of the Legal Profession Act, or both.

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

Description on invoice

1.             

Client A - [file number]

$192.98

Fees

2.             

Client B - [file number]

$100.00

Fees

3.             

Client C - [file number]

$10.00

Courier

4.             

Client L - [file number]

$35.00

Fees

5.             

Client N - [file number]

$215.00

Fees/scanning

6.             

Client N - [file number]

$50.00

Fees

7.             

Client S/H - [file number]

$65.00

Fees

8.             

Client U - [file number]

$75.00

Fees

9.             

Client W - [file number]

$1.34

Photocopies

10.          

Client AM- [file number]

$42.98

Courier

 

Schedule "B"

 

Client

Amount

Description on invoice

1.             

Client B - [file number]

$131.04

Fees

2.             

Client C - [file number]

$85.00

Fees

3.             

Client D - [file number]

$252.50

Fees

4.             

Client E - [file number]

$1,000.00

Fees

5.             

Client I - [file number]

$211.65

Fees and photocopy

6.             

Client K - [file number]

$40.00

Fees

7.             

Client K - [file number]

$19.75

Photocopies

8.             

Client M - [file number]

$100.00

Fees

9.             

Client O - [file number]

$78.15

Fees

10.          

Client V - [file number]

$45.00

Photocopies

11.          

Client [numbered company] - [file number]

$3.00

Photocopies