Citation issued: August 1, 2013

Catherine Ann Sas, QC

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 March 3, 2011 and March 8, 2011 you misappropriated client trust funds, or improperly withdrew or authorized the withdrawal of client trust funds contrary to Law Society Rule 3-56(1), being some or all of the 19 charges to clients paid from trust and particularized in Schedule A, when you knew or ought to have known that those fees or disbursements were not properly charged to the clients.

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

2. On or about August 31, 2011 you misappropriated client trust funds, or improperly withdrew or authorized the withdrawal of client trust funds contrary to Law Society Rules 3-56(1), being one or more of the three charges to clients paid from trust and particularized in Schedule B, when you knew or ought to have known that those fees or disbursements were not properly charged to the clients.

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

3. Between approximately March 3, 2011 and March 8, 2011 you authorized withdrawal of client trust funds to pay fees or disbursements in relation to some or all of the 40 client invoices identified in Schedule C without delivering a bill to the person charged contrary to s. 69 of the Legal Profession Act, or without first preparing and immediately delivering a bill to the client contrary to Law Society Rule 3-57(2), or both.

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

4. In the alternative to paragraph 3, you failed to retain copies of any bills delivered to clients in relation to some or all of the 40 client invoices identified in Schedule C contrary to Law Society Rules 3-59 or 3-62.

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

5. On or about August 31, 2011 you authorized withdrawal of client trust funds to pay fees or disbursements in relation to some or all of the three client invoices identified in Schedule D without delivering a bill to the person charged contrary to s. 69 of the Legal Profession Act, or without first preparing and immediately delivering a bill to the client contrary to Law Society Rule 3-57(2), or both.

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

Schedule A

Improper March Charges

Transaction Date Client Invoice Number Amounts Improperly Charged Description of Charges
3 Mar 2011 6120 123.50 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
7 Mar 2011 6130 343.00 Photocopies ($80); Courier ($143); Miscellaneous – Non-taxable ($63); Colour Copies ($57)
7 Mar 2011 6134 19.00 Photocopies
7 Mar 2011 6135 45.80 Photocopies
7 Mar 2011 6136 201.36 Photocopies ($92.21); Colour Copies ($109.15);
7 Mar 2011 6137 34.73 Colour Copies
7 Mar 2011 6138 164.60 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
7 Mar 2011 6139 4.00 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
7 Mar 2011 6140 140.60 Colour Copies
7 Mar 2011 6141 25.78 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
7 Mar 2011 6143 57.41 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
7 Mar 2011 6144 47.42 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
7 Mar 2011 6146 16.69 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
8 Mar 2011 6147 115.55 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
8 Mar 2011 6148 65.63 Photocopies
8 Mar 2011 6150 83.50 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
8 Mar 2011 6151 193.33 Photocopies ($93.33); Miscellaneous – Non-taxable ($100)
8 Mar 2011 6152 107.16 Miscellaneous – Non-taxable
8 Mar 2011 6153 69.83 Photocopies
Total: $1,858.89  

 

Schedule B

Improper August Charges

Transaction Date Client Invoice Number Amounts Improperly Charged Description of Charges
31 Aug 2011 6170 10.00 Photocopies
31 Aug 2011 6171 1.00 Photocopies
31 Aug 2011 6172 80.00 Photocopies ($20); File Administration Fee ($60)
Total: $91.00  

 

Schedule C

March Withdrawals

Transaction Date Client Invoice # Amount of
Withdrawal
3 Mar 2011 6112 31.88
3 Mar 2011 6115  256.00
3 Mar 2011 6116 165.95
3 Mar 2011 6119  56.15
3 Mar 2011 6120  373.50
3 Mar 2011 6121  138.90
3 Mar 2011 6122  110.32
3 Mar 2011 6123  129.27
3 Mar 2011 6124  181.21
3 Mar 2011 6125  1,509.79
3 Mar 2011 6126  350.83
3 Mar 2011 6127  59.85
3 Mar 2011 6128 200.00
7 Mar 2011 6130 543.00
7 Mar 2011 6131 170.28
7 Mar 2011 6132 147.59
7 Mar 2011 6133 305.62
7 Mar 2011 6134 19.00
7 Mar 2011 6135 45.80
7 Mar 2011 6136 442.21
7 Mar 2011 6137 34.73
7 Mar 2011 6138 414.60
7 Mar 2011 6139 254.00
7 Mar 2011 6140 390.60
7 Mar 2011 6141 275.68
7 Mar 2011 6142 198.40
7 Mar 2011 6143 351.00
7 Mar 2011 6144 47.42
7 Mar 2011 6145 107.97
7 Mar 2011 6146 17.01
8 Mar 2011 6147 135.00
8 Mar 2011 6148 28.60
8 Mar 2011 6149 24.74
8 Mar 2011 6150 83.50
8 Mar 2011 6151 469.15
8 Mar 2011 6152 129.16
8 Mar 2011 6153 320.59
8 Mar 2011 6154 34.01
8 Mar 2011 6155 744.36
8 Mar 2011 6156 1,617.98
Total: $10,915.65

Schedule D

August Withdrawals

Transaction Date Client Invoice Number Amount of Withdrawal
31 Aug 2011 6170 9.53
31 Aug 2011 6171 0.87
31 Aug 2011 6172 78.10
Total $88.50