Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision of the Review Board

PIR INDAR PAUL SINGH SAHOTA

Surrey, BC

Called to the bar: August 11, 2006

Review date: February 27, 2018

Review board: Elizabeth Rowbotham, Chair, Pinder Cheema, QC, Gillian Dougan, John Lane, Robert Smith, Michelle Stanford and William Sundhu

Decision issued: July 17, 2018 (2018 LSBC 20)

Counsel: Alison Kirby for the Law Society; Robin McFee, QC for Pir Indar Paul Singh Sahota

BACKGROUND

The hearing panel concluded that Pir Indar Paul Singh Sahota’s accounting practices amounted to misappropriation of client funds and that his conduct constituted professional misconduct. The panel suspended Sahota from practice for one month and prohibited him from engaging in any capacity with files involving the purchase, sale or financing of real estate (hearing decision: 2017 LSBC 18).

The Law Society sought a review of the panel’s decision on disciplinary action. The Law Society sought to have the review board set aside the decision of the hearing panel, suspend Sahota for six to twelve months and impose conditions on his practice.

DECISION OF THE REVIEW BOARD

The review board determined that the standard for review is correctness, but a review board should not disturb a sanction that is within an appropriate or reasonable range of penalties. The review board concluded that the minimum appropriate range of suspension is between three and six months. The review board also reviewed the relevant factors considered by the hearing panel.

The review board ordered that Sahota be suspended for 90 days, with credit given for the 30 days already served. Sahota is also prohibited from engaging in any capacity with files involving the purchase, sale or financing of real estate and must have a second signatory on this trust account who is subject to the approval of the Executive Director of the Law Society.

2018 LSBC 20 Decision of the Review Board