Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision on Disciplinary Action

Suneil Kyle Sangha

Surrey, BC

Called to the bar: October 1, 2015

Written materials: November 2, 2020

Panel: Lisa Hamilton, QC (chair); Darlene Hammell; Shona Moore, QC

Decision issued: January 26, 2021 (2021 LSBC 03)

Counsel: Deborah K. Lovett, QC, for the Law Society; Michael D. Shirreff for Suneil Kyle Sangha

BACKGROUND

Suneil Kyle Sangha admitted, and the panel found, that he committed professional misconduct in four real estate transactions by falsely representing to the Land Title Office that he had applied his electronic signature and that he had true copies of certain real estate transfer and mortgage forms (2020 LSBC 30).

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The panel considered the serious nature of Sangha’ s conduct, particularly how it spanned over the course of one year involving four separate files. The panel stated that, while none of the sellers or purchasers were harmed in this case, public confidence in lawyers is negatively affected by conduct of this nature.

The panel also considered that Sangha was a newly called lawyer at the time of the conduct who had not had the benefit of experience or mentorship. He had a conduct review about similar conduct and a supervision agreement made with the Practice Standards Committee. The panel noted that Sangha has acknowledged his mistakes and taken steps to improve his practice.

The panel dismissed an order sought by the Law Society that Sangha be prohibited from engaging with files involving the purchase, sale or financing of real estate because he is already subject to a similar order from the Practice Standards Committee.

The panel ordered Sangha to pay:

  1. a fine of $7,500, and
  2. $3,500 in costs.

2021 LSBC 03 Hearing on Disciplinary Action