On application by the Law Society and by consent, the BC Supreme Court has ordered that Balwinder S. Brar of Surrey and his business Canada Wide Immigration Services Inc. be prohibited from the following, except as permitted by the Immigration Act: appearing as counsel or advocate, drawing corporate documents, drawing documents for use in a judicial or extrajudicial proceeding or documents relating to proceedings under a statute, negotiating to settle a claim or demand for damages, giving legal advice or offering or representing that they are qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee. The Court awarded the Law Society costs of $1,000 against the respondents: January 13, 2005.
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Under the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for ensuring that unqualified people do not illegally offer legal services or misrepresent themselves as lawyers. This responsibility exists to protect the public from a loss of rights, money or both, which are often at stake in legal matters.
The Society investigates complaints of unauthorized practice and takes the steps necessary to stop it. If the facts bear out a complaint, the Society will explain the restrictions that apply to law practice and will ask the non-lawyer to refrain from the activity. Usually this step is sufficient. When it is not, the Society has statutory authority to seek a court injunction, which may proceed by consent.
The Law Society publicizes undertakings and court actions to ensure the community understands this aspect of the Society’s mandate, and also to gain the assistance of lawyers and members of the public in recognizing new or recurring unauthorized practice.