Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: April 28, 2021

Peter Darren Steven Hart

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 failed to notify the Executive Director of the Law Society of British Columbia in writing of the circumstances of the following unsatisfied monetary judgment against you, and your proposal for satisfying such judgment, contrary to Rule 3-50 of the Law Society Rules:

(a)  a judgment filed in the Vancouver Registry of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on April 12, 2019 under File No. VLC-S-S-191675, in the amount of $53,383.59 plus interest ($1,827.47) and costs ($1,080.50).

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

2.  You failed to notify the Executive Director of the Law Society of British Columbia in writing of the circumstances of the following unsatisfied monetary judgment against you, and your proposal for satisfying such judgment, contrary to Rule 3-50 of the Law Society Rules:

(a)  a judgment filed in the Western Communities Registry of the Provincial Court of British Columbia on May 21, 2020 under File No. VIC-P-C-190377, in the amount of $24,933.62.

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

3.  Between approximately February 2019 and December 2019, you collected Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) from your clients but failed to remit funds and interest due to the Canada Revenue Agency in payment of the GST in a timely way, contrary to rule 7.1-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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

4.  Between approximately May 2018 and December 2019, you collected British Columbia Provincial Sales Tax (“PST”) from your clients but failed to remit funds and interest due to the British Columbia Ministry of Finance in payment of the PST in a timely way, contrary to rule 7.1-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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