Admitted Discipline Violations

Summary of Decision on Costs

Donald Franklin Gurney

West Vancouver, BC

Called to the bar: May 15, 1968

Panel: Philip Riddell, Chair, and Gillian Dougans

Decision Issued: November 24, 2017 (2017 LSBC 42)

Counsel: J. Kenneth McEwan, QC, for the Law Society; Paul E. Jaffe for Donald Franklin Gurney


Donald Franklin Gurney was found to have committed professional misconduct (2017 LSBC 15) and was ordered suspended for six months (2017 LSBC 32). The hearing took a number of days. The Law Society prepared a Notice to Admit comprising 184 paragraphs of admissions sought. Gurney prepared a Notice to Admit comprising 24 paragraphs of admissions. The Law Society prepared a response to Gurney’ s Notice to Admit.


The panel set the costs payable by Gurney at $20,400 and disbursements at $4,314.98, for a total payable by Gurney to the Law Society of $24,714.98, payable by March 31, 2018.

2017 LSBC 42 Decision on Costs