Citation issued: July 5, 2012

laurel elizabeth hudson 

Citations are issued by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer which will be considered at a discipline hearing. Please note that allegations in a citation are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.

Nature of conduct to be inquired into:

1. Between approximately April 2007 and October 2007, you caused to be submitted to the Legal Services Society for payment at least six accounts that falsely stated the time spent by lawyers in order to recover time spent by legal assistants, when you knew the accounts were false and you knew that the Legal Services Society did not permit billing for time spent by legal assistants.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

2. Between approximately October 2007 and April 2008, you caused the time records of lawyers who worked at your firm to be altered on at least 12 accounts to include time spent by legal assistants and you caused false accounts to be submitted to the Legal Services Society for payment based on the altered time records.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

3. Between approximately April 2008 and September 2008, you caused the time records of lawyers who worked at your firm to be altered to include approximately 20% more hours had been worked than had actually been worked by the lawyers and you caused at least nine false accounts to be submitted to the Legal Services Society based on the altered time records.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

4. Between approximately June 2008 and November 2008, you caused at least five false accounts to be submitted to the Legal Services Society for payment in which you claimed preparation time related to court applications filed on a stated date, when:

(a) no application was filed on that date; or

(b) multiple applications were filed on the stated date and you claimed preparation time for each application, contrary to the LSS tariff.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

5. Between approximately April 2007 and November 2008, you caused accounts to be submitted electronically to the Legal Services Society on behalf of other lawyers in your firm, using the other lawyers’ e-billing access codes without prior authorization from the Legal Services Society, when you knew the Legal Services Society did not permit you to submit accounts for payment on behalf of other lawyers without prior authorization from the Legal Services Society to do so.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.