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For immediate release March 14, 2002

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):

Ian Douglas MacKinnon (1986), of Abbotsford, B.C., was found guilty of professional misconduct for having informed the B.C. Supreme Court registry that opposing counsel had consented to an adjournment of a Chambers application when opposing counsel had not consented. A hearing panel ordered Mr. MacKinnon to pay a fine of $1,500 and costs of $1,000.

Douglas Warren Welder (1981), of Kelowna, B.C., was found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to satisfy a judgment under the Social Services Tax Act within seven days, failing to notify the Law Society of the judgment, failing to hold funds collected for payment of GST and PST and failing to remit such funds to the appropriate taxation authorities. A hearing panel reprimanded Mr. Welder and ordered him to pay a fine of $2,500, to submit quarterly reports to the Law Society indicating GST and PST remittances and to consult a trustee in bankruptcy.

Fred C.M. Lowther (1980), of Vancouver, B.C., admitted professional misconduct when he misled the B.C. Supreme Court registry as to the availability of opposing counsel for a hearing, breached a consent order requiring him to either endorse certain court orders or state his position with respect to the orders and breached a consent order requiring him to pay out certain funds to the opposing party in litigation. A hearing panel ordered that Mr. Lowther be reprimanded, be suspended for two weeks commencing any time before May 31, 2002 and that he pay costs of $1,500.

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.

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.
Cellular: 604-836-3257