Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision on Facts, Determination and Disciplinary Action

GRANT DAVID AXWORTHY

Vancouver, BC

Called to the bar: August 28, 1992

Discipline hearing: September 23, 2015

Panel: Lynal Doerksen, Chair, Shona Moore, QC and Lois Serwa

Decision issued: October 27, 2015 (2015 LSBC 46)

Counsel: Kieron Grady for the Law Society; no one appearing on behalf of Grant David Axworthy

FACTS AND DETERMINATION

The Law Society began an investigation of Grant David Axworthy as a result of complaints from two of his clients. The investigators advised Axworthy of the complaints and asked for his reply. After initially responding to the first complaint, he became less responsive and timely and ultimately ceased to respond at all. He also failed to provide the materials requested by the Law Society. He did not respond to the second complaint.

Axworthy did not communicate with the Law Society for six months continuing up to the date of the hearing. He provided no explanation and did not attend the hearing.

The panel determined that Axworthy’ s persistent failure to respond to Law Society communications, promptly or at all, constituted professional misconduct.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The panel ordered that Axworthy:

  1. pay a fine of $3,000;
  2. pay $1,236.25 in costs; and
  3. provide a complete response to the Law Society’ s inquiries within 14 days.

2015 LSBC 46 Decision on Facts, Determination and Disciplinary Action