Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: February 5, 2019

Eric John Becker

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.  Between approximately November 2017 and January 2018, when departing from G Legal, you failed to provide some or all of the 199 clients particularized in Schedule A (the “Clients”) with the quality of service required of a competent lawyer, contrary to one or more of rules 3.1-2 and 3.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia, by doing one or more of the following:

(a)  removing the Clients’ corporate records from G Legal without their knowledge, instructions, or consent;

(b)  changing the Clients’ registered and records offices without their knowledge, instructions, or consent; and

(c)  failing to provide the Clients with complete and accurate relevant information about the location of their corporate records.

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

2.  Between approximately November 2017 and December 2017, in relation to some or all of the 199 clients particularized in Schedule A (the “Clients”), you failed to conduct yourself with integrity, honesty, and candour by causing misleading correspondence based on your template letter entitled “Re: New Office Announcement” to be sent to the Clients, contrary to rules 2.2-1 and 3.2-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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