|For immediate release||April 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):
J.A. Donald Bohun (1974), of Victoria, BC, consented to a 12-month suspension. Mr. Bohun represented a client who devised a fraudulent scheme to borrow money from individuals. Mr. Bohun admitted to professional misconduct in recklessly making representations to lenders that the lenders reasonably could have taken to mean that they could expect repayment of their loans.
Laura Lee Grant (1997), of Burns Lake, BC, was reprimanded and ordered to pay costs of $750. Ms. Grant swore a client's affidavit in blank form with the contents to be transcribed from a handwritten version of the same document. Ms. Grant admitted this constituted professional misconduct. In issuing the reprimand, the hearing panel noted Ms. Grant could have had her client swear the handwritten version of the affidavit.
Fredrick Anthony Lloyd (1955), of Penticton, BC, was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,500. Mr. Lloyd was found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to ensure that a client received independent legal advice before executing a codicil to a will that gave Mr. Lloyd one half of the client's residual estate.
Thomas Paul Harding (1990), of Surrey, BC, admitted that he made inappropriate comments about another lawyer and that his actions constituted professional misconduct. Mr. Harding consented to a fine of $1,000 and costs of $3,500.
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.