|For immediate release||July 22, 2011|
Lawyer receives one-month suspension for breach of undertaking
Vancouver – A Law Society discipline hearing panel has ordered a one month suspension for Delta lawyer Denovan T. Hill.
Hill released funds in a real estate transaction that were sent to him in trust before he fulfilled conditions on which he received those funds. The misconduct is called a “breach of undertaking” (breaking a promise) and is considered serious by the Law Society. Complying with undertakings is of fundamental importance to the practice of law.
Hill was fined for a similar breach in 2007 and the hearing panel considered this an aggravating factor in coming to its conclusion to suspend him. More information is contained in the hearing report and the related corrigenda.
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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