Citation issued: June 26, 2014; amended july 18, 2014; further amended september 19, 2014

andrew christopher lee 

Citations are authorized by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer that 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 November 2011 and February 2012, you submitted expense claims to, and received payment from, your employer for reimbursement of expenses that you never incurred. The particulars are:
a) on or about November 29, 2011, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $225.00 for three tickets to AIDS Vancouver Positive Change Red Ribbon Gala;
b) on or about December 13, 2011, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $249.95 for five tickets to Taste BC;
c) on or about December 23, 2011, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $219.44 for the cost of a dinner with four lawyers at Cinema Public House;
d) on or about September 24, 2012, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $285.04 for a boat tour in September 2012;
e) on or about January 10, 2012, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $270.00 for six tickets to A Toast to Robbie Burns, hosted by Taste BC; and
f) on or about February 2, 2012, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $260.34 for six tickets to Jest for Joy – Naughty Noses Black and White Gala.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.
2. On or about October 11, 2013, you submitted an expense claim for $65.48 to, and received payment from, your employer for taxi and three meal expenses when you never incurred these expenses or you were not entitled to claim reimbursement because the expenses were personal.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.
3. Between January 2012 and October 2013, you submitted expense claims to, and received payment from, your employer for reimbursement of expenses for which you later received a full or partial refund from the service provider, without accounting to your employer for the refund you obtained. The particulars are:
a) on or about January 10, 2012, you submitted a claim for $172.07 for a return flight on January 16, 2012, from Vancouver to Nanaimo via Harbour Air, for which you received a full refund from Harbour Air due to flight cancellation;
b) between April 5, 2012 and September 7, 2012, you submitted claims for reimbursement of $1,052.80 for three professional development courses offered by the Canadian Defence Lawyers, for which you received a refund from the Canadian Defence Lawyers;
c) between May 29, 2012 and September 5, 2013, you submitted claims for reimbursement of $4,592.70 for eight professional development courses offered by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, for which you received a refund from the Continuing Legal Education Society;
d) between July 9, 2012 and July 8, 2013, you submitted claims for reimbursement of $5,010.96 for seven professional development courses offered by the Practising Law Institute, for which you received a refund from the Practising Law Institute;
e) on or about January 4, 2013, you submitted a claim for reimbursement of $603.85 for a professional development course offered by The Advocates’ Society, for which you received a refund from The Advocates’ Society; and
f) on or about October 11, 2013, you submitted a claim for $271.95 for a Helijet flight from Vancouver to Victoria on October 7, 2013, for which you received a refund from Helijet.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.
4. Between January 2012 and September 2012, you submitted expense claims to your employer twice for reimbursement of, and received payment twice from your employer for food and beverage expenses for the office by using duplicate receipts. The particulars are:
a) on or about January 23, 2012 you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $86.61, and on or about March 1, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time;
b) on or about April 5, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $96.84, and on or about May 8, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time;
c) on or about April 5, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $73.37, and on or about May 8, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time;
d) on or about May 8, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $122.87, and on or about May 29, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time;
e) on or about May 8, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $71.66, and on or about July 9, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time;
f) on or about May 29, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $141.85, and on or about July 9, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time;
g) on or about May 29, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $46.77, and on or about August 1, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time; and
h) on or about September 7, 2012, you submitted a receipt for and were reimbursed $68.62, and on or about September 27, 2012 you submitted a duplicate receipt and were reimbursed for the expense a second time.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.
5. Between March 2012 and September 2013, you submitted claims to, and received payment from, your employer for reimbursement of client disbursement expenses in amounts greater than the actual expense you incurred. The particulars are:
a) on or about March 1, 2012, you submitted a claim for $619.64 for a return flight on February 29, 2012, from Vancouver to Nanaimo, when the actual expense you incurred was $485.24;
b) on or about August 2, 2013, you made a claim for reimbursement of $1,512.00 for registration for seven golfers to attend the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, golf tournament when the actual expense you incurred was $966.00 for registration for five golfers;
c) on or about September 3, 2013, you submitted a claim for $417.90 for a return flight from Vancouver to Victoria on September 3, 2013, when the actual expense you incurred was $370.02; and
d) on or about September 4, 2013, you submitted a claim for $417.90 for a return flight from Vancouver to Victoria on September 4, 2013, when the actual expense you incurred was $294.02.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.