Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision of the President’s Designate on an Application for a Stay of Disciplinary Action


Amarjit Singh Dhindsa

Called to the Bar: June 8, 2001

Written materials: October 16, 2019

President’ s designate: Jeffrey Campbell, QC

Decision issued: February 10, 2020 (2020 LSBC 06)

Counsel: Alison Kirby for the Law Society; Gerald Cuttler, QC for Amarjit Singh Dhindsa

BACKGROUND

A hearing panel determined Amarjit Singh Dhindsa committed professional misconduct by acting in a conflict of interest, breaching undertakings and failing to comply with a trust condition involved with the purchase and sale of a development property (2019 LSBC 05). The decision on disciplinary action was issued, and the penalty included a suspension of seven weeks, commencing on November 1, 2019 (2019 LSBC 36). Dhindsa applied for a review of the decision and sought a stay of the suspension ordered pending the outcome of the review.

DECISION ON APPLICATION FOR A STAY OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The President’ s designate applied the criteria for considering the stay of disciplinary action. He noted that the review is not vexatious or frivolous, that Dhindsa is a sole practitioner in a small firm that employs staff who would be affected by his suspension, and that there is no risk to the clients or the public if the suspension is stayed pending the outcome of the review.

The application was granted and the disciplinary action is stayed until the earliest of the following events occur:

  1. the review is discontinued or abandoned by Dhindsa;
  2. the review is dismissed by the review board;
  3. upon further order of the review board; or
  4. on May 4, 2020.

2020 LSBC 06 Decision on Application for a Stay

2019 LSBC 05 Decision on Facts and Determination

2019 LSBC 36 Decision on Disciplinary Action - Respondent's S. 47 Notice of Review received; Stay of suspension granted