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For immediate release July 3, 2013

Law Society obtains Supreme Court injunction against Burnaby unauthorized legal practitioner

Vancouver – On June 26, 2013 the Law Society obtained a court order prohibiting Roald Thomas and his company, Ignition Strategies Inc., from engaging in the practice of law.

Thomas, who is not a lawyer, offered to provide legal advice, give referrals to foreign lawyers and draft and file court documents for a fee.

Among other terms, the court order prohibits Thomas from appearing as counsel or advocate, drafting legal documents and giving legal advice for a fee, gain or reward, direct or indirect, from the person for whom the acts were performed.

Read the order here.

Under the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society is responsible for licensing lawyers and regulating the legal profession. The Law Society also takes action against those who put the public at risk by illegally offering legal services or misrepresenting themselves as lawyers.

The Law Society has a searchable database of the unauthorized practitioners it has obtained judgements against since September 2003, with links to related court documents.

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.


For further information or to arrange an interview contact:

Ben Hadaway
Communications Officer


Robyn Crisanti
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs