|For immediate release||September 4, 2003|
Law Society disciplines B.C. lawyers
VANCOUVER – Pursuant to its statutory duty to govern B.C.'s legal profession in the public interest, the Law Society of B.C. has disciplined the following lawyers (the lawyer's year of call to the B.C. Bar appears in parentheses):
Jeremy Donaldson (1991), of Victoria, BC, admitted that his failure to remit Social Services Tax (PST) to the provincial government and his failure to remit Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the federal government constituted professional misconduct. A hearing panel ordered Mr. Donaldson be reprimanded, that he pay a $1,500 fine, that he provide the Law Society with a statutory declaration four times a year setting out fees billed during the previous quarter and total PST and GST remitted, that he provide the Law Society with a medical report on his health within three months and that he pay costs of $1,000.
Jeffrey Peter Andrews, (1990), of North Vancouver, BC, admitted that his breach of an undertaking in a real estate transaction constituted professional misconduct. Mr. Andrews consented to a $2,000 fine and costs of $1,000.
James Galt Martin, (1976), of North Vancouver, BC, admitted that he misled a client and a notary public about the status of a real estate transaction and that his conduct constituted professional misconduct. A hearing panel ordered Mr. Martin be suspended for 18 months, that he pay costs, that before he resume practice he satisfy a board of examiners that his ability to practise is not affected by alcohol or drugs and that upon return that he practice only as a partner, employee or associate of one or more lawyers.
Karl Eisbrenner, (1993), a former lawyer, of Bridesville, BC, was found to be not competent to practise law by reason of psychological impairment, to have failed to account to the law firm that employed him for fees that were paid directly to him that should have been paid to the firm, to have used rude and inappropriate language during a mediation and to have inappropriately criticised the judiciary. The hearing panel suspended Mr. Eisbrenner from practice in November 2002 pending final disposition of the citations against him. Mr. Eisbrenner ceased membership in the Law Society in January 2003. The hearing panel ordered that he be disbarred.
The Law Society of B.C. was founded in 1869 and is the governing body of the legal profession in B.C. It is an independent organization funded by dues paid by all B.C. 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 B.C.
For more information on the regulation and discipline of lawyers see The Legal Profession Act:
- Section 3: Law Society duty to protect the public.
- Part 4: Discipline
The Legal Profession Act is available on the Law Society of B.C. website here.
The Law Society of B.C. makes the following documents available to the media in discipline matters:
- Hearing report
- Penalty report
- Discipline Digest and Discipline Case Digest
Discipline hearings are generally open to the public; please check with the Law Society prior to the hearing if you wish to attend. A list of upcoming hearings is available on the Law Society's website.
Law Society of B.C. media contact:
Brad Daisley, Public Affairs Manager
Office: 604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.