Unauthorized Practitioner

MacDugall, Francisco

Francisco MacDugall, of Vancouver, BC, held himself out as a “private attorney” entitled to engage in the practice of law and provided various legal services to others for a fee. MacDugall appeared in court as an advocate, gave legal advice and prepared various documents resembling what the courts have described as “organized pseudo-legal commercial arguments.” On September 9, 2014, Madam Justice Watchuk granted the Law Society an injunction permanently prohibiting MacDugall from engaging in the practice of law and from falsely representing himself as a lawyer, articled student or in any other manner that connotes he is authorized to practise law. The court also awarded the Law Society its costs. (September 9, 2014)

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