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For immediate release July 31, 2013

Court orders obtained against Surrey, Toronto unauthorized practitioners

Vancouver – The Law Society has obtained two consent orders against unauthorized practitioners of law.

On July 25, 2013 the Supreme Court of BC approved a consent order prohibiting Syed R. Khan and his business FFSG.CA Vancouver Consulting Services Inc., from providing legal services for a fee, including appearing as counsel or advocate, giving legal advice or representing himself as a lawyer.

Khan, of Surrey, consented to the order following the Law Society’s investigation of an allegation that he had represented a person during settlement negotiations with ICBC, in violation of the Legal Profession Act.

On July 26, 2013 the Supreme Court of BC approved another consent order barring Matthew Riddell from falsely representing himself as a lawyer, a manager of a legal department or in any other way that suggests he is qualified or entitled to practise law.

The Law Society alleged Riddell, of Toronto, led others to believe he was a lawyer while representing his employer in several BC small claims actions.

To read the consent orders, see the Law Society’s database of unauthorized practitioners.

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 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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For further information or to arrange an interview contact:

Ben Hadaway
Communications Officer
604.443.5708
bhadaway@lsbc.org

 

Robyn Crisanti
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
604.697.5845
rcrisanti@lsbc.org