|For immediate release||November 1, 2013|
Law Society obtains court orders against five unauthorized legal practitioners
Vancouver – The Law Society of BC obtained four court orders against five separate unauthorized practitioners of law in the month of October.
On October 2, Major Singh Randhawa of Surrey consented to a BC Supreme Court order prohibiting him from engaging in the practice of law. The Law Society alleged Randhawa had offered to prepare incorporations and other corporate documents for a fee, in violation of the Legal Profession Act.
On October 18, the court ordered an injunction against Michael Helfrich of North Vancouver. The injunction prohibits Helfrich from engaging in the practice of law, commencing, prosecuting or defending a proceeding in any court and from falsely representing himself as a lawyer. Helfrich previously resigned from the Oregon State Bar in the face of discipline proceedings and is therefore prohibited from engaging in the practice of law regardless of whether he charges a fee.
On October 22, Charles Daniel Sam, also known as Klatle-Bhi and Lucius Tyler Lewis, also known as Tah-Sun-Quay-Ton, both of North Vancouver, consented to an order prohibiting them from practising law for a fee, and from commencing, prosecuting and defending proceedings in any court on behalf of others, regardless of whether a fee is charged.
On October 23, Eduardo R. Pereira of Victoria consented to an order prohibiting him from engaging in the practice of law unless under the supervision and employment of a practising lawyer, from falsely representing himself as a lawyer and from representing others in any court. Pereira, a self-described paralegal, is also required to make a restitution payment to an injured party.
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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