Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: April 19, 2018

Susan Yon Soo Kim

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.  You entered into a retainer agreement with a legal aid referral client, HL, that included a term requiring your client to pay the difference between the legal aid rate and your hourly rate of $300, and subsequently issued bills to your client totaling approximately $53,000 and received $9,000 in payment from your client, when you knew or ought to have known that the Legal Services Society Tariff prohibited you from billing your client privately or accepting funds from any source on behalf of your client without prior written authorization from Legal Services Society.

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

2.  In agreeing to represent your client, HL, and throughout your representation of him, you led your client to believe that you would bill Legal Services Society at the legal aid rate to reduce fees payable by him under the terms of a private retainer agreement, but you failed to submit any claims to Legal Services Society other than a claim for disbursements related to the cost of obtaining a transcript.

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

3.  In representing your client, HL, you altered an affidavit sworn by your client and commissioned by you on May 1, 2016, after the affidavit was sworn, and subsequently filed and relied on the altered affidavit in court proceedings.

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