Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Admission of Misconduct and Undertaking


Donald Alexander Boyd

Langley, BC

Called to the bar: December 19, 1985

Admission and undertaking accepted: September 26, 2019

AGREED FACTS

In May 2010, Donald Alexander Boyd failed to immediately notify the Law Society in writing that a certificate under the Income Tax Act for personal income tax arrears had been filed against him with the Federal Court.

Over the span of approximately one year, between 2015 and 2016, Boyd maintained more than $300 of his own money in his pooled trust account as a result of issuing bills for his legal fees and either keeping the funds in his pooled trust account, or depositing payments of the bills directly into his pooled trust account instead of his general account.

ADMISSION                                         

Boyd explained that when he became aware of the Income Tax Act certificate he was not familiar with the applicable Law Society rule. He has since reviewed the rule, and is now fully aware of his obligation to report unsatisfied monetary judgments to the Law Society.

Boyd said that he kept more than $300 of his own funds in his pooled trust account because he wanted to have better control over his finances, and he did not know at the time that his actions were contrary to the Law Society Rules. He has since reviewed the applicable rule, and is now fully aware of his obligation to not maintain more than $300 of his personal funds in his pooled trust account.

Boyd admitted that his actions in both circumstances constitute breaches of the Legal Profession Act or the Law Society Rules and undertook to:

  • complete 15 Continuing Professional Development credits by December 31, 2019 (in addition to those normally required), including completion of the Law Society's Practice Management course.

Rule 4-29 Admission of Misconduct and Undertaking