Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of a decision of the hearing panel on an application


Jeremy Daniel Knight

Kamloops, BC

Called to the Bar: May 4, 2015

Ceased membership for non-payment of fees: January 1, 2018

Written materials: April 3, 7 and 8, 2020

Decision issued: April 21, 2020 (2020 LSBC 19)

Hearing panel: Michael Welsh, QC (Chair), David Layton, QC and Brendan Matthews

Counsel: Tara McPhail for the Law Society; Jeremy Daniel Knight appearing on his own behalf

Jeremy Daniel Knight applied to the hearing panel to request more time to gather expert medical evidence with respect to his addictions and to postpone the facts and determination phase decision while he does so. He described his circumstances as similar to the decision in Law Society of BC v. Ahuja (2019 LSBC 31), in which expert evidence was part of the panel’s deliberations.

The Law Society submitted that Knight had ample time to consider the decision released in August 2019 and to seek expert evidence. Counsel also pointed out that Knight had admitted to misappropriating client funds in the agreed statement of facts.

The panel considered that Knight acts for himself and that he underwent treatment for substance abuse on two occasions. This supports his assertion that he has sought treatment for his addictions.

The panel disagreed with the Law Society’s submission that Knight admitted to misappropriation – it found that it is for a panel to determine whether a legal finding of misappropriation should be made. It also found it would be useful for the panel and the parties to have the guidance of the review board decision in Ahuja, which may be rendered by June.

The panel found little, if any, prejudice to the parties in waiting for several weeks to allow Knight to gather expert medical evidence. The panel decided to defer the facts and determination phase decision until June 22, 2020 when the panel will decide whether to accept further evidence or submissions and, if so, what additional time will be allowed.

2020 LSBC 19 Decision of the Hearing Panel on an Application