|For immediate release||March 10, 2004|
Law Society disciplines lawyer
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 lawyer (the lawyer's year of call to the BC Bar appears in parentheses). Hearing reports are posted on the Law Society's website here.
Brian Maurice Legge (1967) of Vancouver, BC, was found guilty of professional misconduct and breach of Law Society Rules for allowing substantial trust shortages to occur on client files, failure to report trust shortages to the Law Society, breaches of Law Society accounting rules, failure to serve clients in a conscientious, diligent and efficient manner, failure to acquire and maintain adequate knowledge to conduct a real estate practice, failure to remit collected GST and PST and failure to remit employee income tax deductions.
A hearing panel ordered that he be suspended for eight months and that he be credited with time spent out of practice in 2003 and the time between the penalty hearing and the handing down of the penalty decision. The panel also ruled that before returning to practice he submit to a psychiatric evaluation, enter into a practice supervision agreement and provide a substantive response to Law Society requests for information relating to a complaint. The panel ordered Mr. Legge to pay costs of $7,047 in monthly instalments of $350 beginning July 1, 2004.
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 "Discipline 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