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For immediate release February 11, 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):

Raymond Barton (1983), a non-practising member of the Law Society who ceased active practice in September 2001, breached an undertaking to provide the Law Society with a medical report. Mr. Barton admitted his actions constitute professional misconduct and consented to a fine of $1,000 and to pay costs of $500.

David Michael Ashton (1984), of Victoria, B.C., was suspended on an interim basis pursuant to s. 39 of the Legal Profession Act pending the hearing of two citations against him. No date has been set for the hearing.

John Wilson Dobbin (1973), of Vancouver, admitted allegations of professional misconduct relating to his failure to respond to Law Society correspondence and his failure to serve his clients in a conscientious, diligent and effective manner. A Law Society hearing panel ordered that Mr. Dobbin be suspended until Mar. 27, 2003 and that he meet specified conditions prior to reinstatement. The Law Society had previously suspended Mr. Dobbin on May 28, 2002 on an interim basis pending the hearing of these citations.

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:

  • Citation
  • 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.
Cellular: 604-836-3257