|For immediate release||September 24, 2004|
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). Hearing reports are posted on the Law Society's website here.
Peter Wallace Hammond (1976, ceased membership Jan. 1, 2003)
Dec. 18, 2002 citation: Mr. Hammond was found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to serve his clients in a conscientious manner, failing to remit provincial sales tax, failing to reply to Law Society correspondence, breaching undertakings, breaching accounting rules and failing to report judgments against him to the Law Society. A hearing panel ordered that he be suspended for four months, that upon his return to practice he be subject to practice conditions and that he pay costs.
Oct. 1, 2003 citation: Mr. Hammond was found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to respond to inquiries from the Law Society, breaching undertakings, failing to report a judgment against him to the Law Society, practising law when not licensed, failing to remit employee tax deductions and misappropriation of client funds. A hearing panel ordered that Mr. Hammond be disbarred and that he pay costs.
Gregory Allan Smith (1985) of Surrey, BC, admitted he breached Law Society accounting rules, that he failed to eliminate a trust shortage immediately and that he failed to report the shortage to the Law Society. A hearing panel ordered that he pay a fine of $2,000, that he be referred to the Practice Standards Committee and that he pay costs.
Robert John Palkowski (1978) of Vancouver, BC, admitted professional misconduct for breaching an undertaking given to the Law Society not to act against an unrepresented party. A hearing panel ordered that he pay a fine of $2,500 and costs.
Keyvan Shojania (1992) of Victoria, BC, admitted that his breach of an undertaking in a real estate transaction constituted professional misconduct. A hearing panel ordered that he pay a fine of $2,000 and costs.
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