Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: June 3, 2021

William Carey Linde

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 May 2019 and November 20, 2020, in the course of representing CD in a family matter, you breached the terms of one or more of the orders made by the Honourable Mr. Justice Bowden on February 27, 2019 (the “Publication Ban”) and by the Honourable Madam Justice Marzari on April 15, 2019 (the “Anonymization Order” and the “Protection Order”), by posting on-line, causing to be posted on-line or failing to remove from on-line, one or more of the documents itemized in Schedule “A”, when you knew or ought to have known that doing so was contrary to one or more of the Publication Ban, Anonymization Order, Protection Order and rules 2.1-1(a) and 2.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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

2.  In approximately May 2019, in the course of representing CD in a family matter, you breached the terms of the order made by the Honourable Madam Justice Marzari on April 15, 2019 (the “Protection Order”), by making one or more statements in interviews with media outlets that were reproduced in one or more of the documents posted on-line and itemized in Schedule “B”, when you knew or ought to have known that doing so was contrary to one or more of the Protection Order and rules 2.1-1(a) and 2.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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

3.  On or about January 18, 2021, in the course of representing AM in a family matter, you breached the terms of an order made by the Honourable Mr. Justice Brundrett on November 17, 2020 (the “Brundrett Order”), by emailing a copy of the Brundrett Order and a related sealing order to the editor of a legal publication when you knew or ought to have known that doing so was contrary to one or more of the Brundrett Order and rules 2.1-1(a) and 2.2-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.

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