|For immediate release||January 20, 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 appears in parentheses). Full hearing reports are posted on the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca
Alexander Jeletzky (1974), of Vancouver, BC, was found guilty of professional misconduct for breaching an undertaking in a business transaction. A hearing panel ordered that he be reprimanded, that he pay a fine of $2,000 and that he pay costs of $5,107.
Raghbir Singh Basi (1989, suspended pending hearing Oct. 1, 2004), of Victoria, BC, was found guilty of professional misconduct for breaching an implied undertaking in a real estate transaction to deliver a discharge of mortgage within a reasonable time. Mr. Basi also admitted:
That his failure to reply to Law Society correspondence concerning an audit report constituted professional misconduct;
That he breached an implied term of an undertaking in a real estate transaction by not obtaining a registerable lease within a reasonable time, that he failed to reply promptly to communications from the lawyer who imposed the undertaking and that his conduct constituted professional misconduct; and
That his failure to reply promptly to communications from the Law Society concerning a complaint constituted professional misconduct.
A hearing panel ordered that he be suspended for four months effective Jan. 14, 2005, that after he has served the suspension that he not practice law except in a setting approved by the Practice Standards Committee, and that he pay two-thirds of the costs of the hearing.
The Law Society of BC was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of the legal profession in BC. It is an independent organization funded by dues paid by all BC lawyers. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and discipline of the more than 10,000 lawyers in BC.
For more information on the regulation and discipline of lawyers see the "Regulatory Hearings" 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