Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued:  March 8, 2019

Douglas Bernard Chiasson

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 April 2013 and May 2018, you failed to provide KH, (the “Client”), with the quality of service expected of a competent lawyer, contrary to one or both of rules 3.1-2 and 3.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia. In particular you failed to:

a.  take any substantive steps to advance the Client’s file;
b.  answer reasonable requests from the Client for information;
c.  provide the Client with progress updates as to the status of her file; and
d.  make all reasonable efforts to provide prompt service to the Client.

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