|For immediate release||December 9, 2005|
Law Society disciplines BC Lawyers
VANCOUVER — Pursuant to its statutory duty to govern BC’s legal profession in the public interest, the Law Society of BC has disciplined the following lawyers (the lawyer’s year of call to the BC Bar and location of practice appear in parentheses). Full hearing reports are posted on the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca.
Brian John Kirkhope (1990, Nanaimo) was found guilty of professional misconduct for using in litigation a tape recording provided by a client, which the client had made without lawful consent, of a privileged conversation between another lawyer and that lawyer’s client. A hearing panel ordered Mr. Kirkhope to pay a fine of $10,000 and costs of $5,000.
Sidney Stephen Antle (1987, Vancouver) admitted his failure to disclose material facts in an ex parte court application constituted professional misconduct. The hearing panel accepted Mr. Antle’s proposed penalty of a $10,000 fine and $5,000 costs.
James Neil Rodgers (1979, Creston, undertaking not to practice law Oct. 9, 2003, ceased membership Dec. 31, 2003) pled guilty, on Aug. 25, 2004, to criminal charges of pointing a firearm at another person and uttering a threat and was given a conditional sentence by the court. Mr. Rodgers admitted his conduct constituted conduct unbecoming a lawyer. A hearing panel ordered that he be reprimanded and that he pay costs.
Mimi Mankui Luk (1990, Richmond) was suspended pursuant to s. 39 of the Legal Profession Act pending the conclusion of the hearing of a citation against her alleging she failed to provide proper service to clients and that her response to the Law Society during a complaint investigation included a fabricated document.
James Douglas Hall (1994, Victoria) was suspended pursuant to s. 39 of the Legal Profession Act pending the conclusion of the hearing of a citation against him alleging that he failed to maintain financial records according to Law Society rules, failed to implement recommendations of the Practice Standards Committee and that he filed with the Law Society an accountant’s report containing a forged signature.
The Law Society of BC is the governing body of the legal profession in BC. It is an independent organization that sets standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of lawyers in the province. For more information on the regulation and discipline of lawyers see the “Regulatory and Insurance” section of the Law Society’s website.
Law Society of BC media contact:
Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
Office: 604 443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC