|For immediate release||May 6, 2011|
Lawyer agrees to cease practising pending hearing into handling of trust funds
Vancouver – The Law Society has taken action in the case of James Hu, a Richmond lawyer facing allegations that he mishandled money in his clients’ trust accounts.
“To ensure the public is protected, we have taken steps in advance of his hearing,” said Deborah Armour, the Law Society’s Chief Legal Officer. “Hu may not act as a lawyer until our discipline process is completed.”
The Law Society obtained a written agreement from Hu that he will not practise law while the process is ongoing or until directed otherwise by the Law Society’s Discipline Committee. “This agreement has the same effect as an interim suspension,” explained Armour. The Law Society has also obtained a court order to terminate Hu’s practice, and the Society has designated staff lawyer Trevor Kaatz to carry out the work. He can be contacted at 604.443.5726 for assistance.
For more information on the allegations, see the citation issued March 22, 2011.
The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 10,000 lawyers in the province, setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct that ensure the public is well-served by a competent, honourable legal profession.
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