Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision on Facts, Determination, Disciplinary Action and Costs

SUSAN MARGARET BEN-OLIEL

Vancouver, BC

Called to the Bar: September 2, 1994

Discipline hearing and order: June 9, 2016

Panel: Lynal Doerksen (chair), Dennis Day and Carol Hickman, QC

Written decision issued: September 2, 2016 (2016 LSBC 31)

Counsel: Carolyn S. Gulabsingh for the Law Society; Robert Cooper, QC for Susan Margaret Ben-Oliel

FACTS

On October 30, 2015, the Law Society received a complaint from a client of Susan Margaret Ben-Oliel. The Law Society advised Ben-Oliel of the complaint and asked her to reply with any information or explanation pertinent to the complaint. After several attempts over several weeks by the Law Society investigator to contact her, Ben-Oliel contacted the Law Society and requested more time to respond to the complaint. She was granted more time but did not provide a response by the extended deadline and had not responded by the time of the hearing.

DETERMINATION

The hearing panel was satisfied that there had been a persistent failure by Ben-Oliel to respond to Law Society communications and therefore found that Ben-Oliel has committed professional misconduct.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The panel ordered that Ben-Oliel:

  • pay a fine of $3,500;
  • pay costs of $1,272.93; and
  • provide a complete and substantive response to the Law Society’ s inquiries in this case by June 30, 2016.

2016 LSBC 31 Decision on Facts, Determination, Disciplinary Action and Costs