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For immediate release April 21, 2005

Law Society concludes investigation of complaint against James G. Matkin

VANCOUVER — On December 31, 2004, the Law Society of BC received a complaint from a lawyer alleging that the Society’s former Executive Director, James G. Matkin, QC had used his office to market speculative stocks in an American company, Hydrogen Power Inc., and that Mr. Matkin’s involvement with Hydrogen Power Inc. constituted professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming a member of the Law Society.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the Society appointed independent counsel, H.A. Hollinrake, QC, a former judge of the BC Court of Appeal, to investigate the matter.

Mr. Hollinrake concluded there was no evidence Mr. Matkin had used his office to market stocks. Mr. Hollinrake referred the issue of professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming to the Law Society’s Discipline Committee.

Pursuant to Law Society Rule 4-4, the Discipline Committee, after considering a complaint, must do one of the following:

  • Recommend that a citation be issued against the lawyer,
  • Require the lawyer to appear before a Conduct Review Subcommittee, or
  • Take no further action.

At its April 7, 2005 meeting, the Discipline Committee considered whether the facts supported the allegation of professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming and resolved to take no further action.

With more than 10,000 members, the Law Society of BC is the governing body for the BC legal profession. The Law Society’s principal responsibility is to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice and to set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practicing lawyers in the province.

Law Society of BC media contact:

Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC