Disbarment and Suspension

December 16, 2002

Disbarment

A discipline hearing panel has found former lawyer Martin Keith Wirick of Vancouver guilty of professional misconduct and has ordered that he be disbarred, effective December 16, 2002, and further that he not be entitled to apply for reinstatement for 20 years. At the discipline hearing, Mr. Wirick acknowledged to the hearing panel that he had received funds in a real estate transaction on an undertaking to use the money to discharge encumbrances on title. He admitted that he breached his undertaking by paying out the funds for purposes other than the discharge of the encumbrances, and that the breach of undertaking constituted professional misconduct. Mr. Wirick earlier resigned as a member of the Law Society on May 23, 2002. At the hearing, he consented to the disbarment.

A summary of this matter will be published in an upcoming Discipline Case Digest once the panel has rendered its hearing report.

Suspension

Anthony Zipp, of Coquitlam, has been suspended for three months, effective December 12, 2002, after a discipline hearing panel accepted his admission of professional misconduct and proposed disciplinary action under Law Society Rule 4-22. A summary of this matter will be published in an upcoming Discipline Case Digest once the panel has rendered its hearing report.