|For immediate release||June 16, 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):
Jeffrey T.S. Wing (1968), of Vancouver, BC, admitted that providing legal services to two parties in a real estate transaction who had different interests constituted professional misconduct. Mr. Wing consented to a reprimand, a $3,000 fine and agreed to pay costs of $1,500.
Eric B. Heringa (1975), of Abbotsford, BC, was found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to comply with an undertaking to discharge a mortgage in a real estate transaction. Mr. Heringa was suspended for one month commencing August 2003, ordered to discharge the mortgage, to pay costs and was referred to the Law Society's Practise Standards Committee.
Gregory J. Worobec (1995), of Sherwood Park, AB, admitted he was guilty of professional misconduct for failing to remit GST funds to the Government of Canada. Mr. Worobec also admitted he was guilty of professional misconduct for failing to notify the Law Society that he was the subject of a garnishment order to the credit of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency that he did not satisfy within seven days. Mr. Worobec consented to a reprimand and a fine of $1,500.
John L. Chipperfield (1972), of Surrey, BC, admitted that between May 31, 1992 and December 2000 he failed to remit Social Services Tax (PST) to the provincial government. A hearing panel concluded this was professional misconduct and ordered that Mr. Chipperfield be reprimanded, pay a fine of $1,500, register under the Social Services Tax Act, provide reports four times a year to the Law Society detailing fees billed and PST payments, that his practice be audited at the end of 2003, that he consult a trustee in bankruptcy and that he pay costs of $500.
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.