Citation issued: July 10, 2014; amended march 18, 2015

douglas edward dent 

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. Commencing in or around February 2011, you acted in a conflict of interest by acting for both the purchaser Company A and the vendor Company B in a real property conveyancing transaction when they had different interests, contrary to Chapter 6, Rule 10 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4)(b) of the Legal Profession Act.

2. In the alternative to paragraph 1, between February 2011 and June 2011, you acted for Company B in a real estate transaction against Company A an unrepresented party, when you had not advised that unrepresented party that you were not protecting its interests, contrary to Chapter 4, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4)(b) of the Legal Profession Act.

3. On or about August 5, 2011, in the course of acting for Company B, you breached an undertaking you gave to LM, solicitor for Company A, by releasing funds required to pay out an existing chargeholder when you had not obtained the discharge of mortgage before releasing the funds to the existing chargeholder or its solicitor.

This conduct is contrary to Chapter 11, Rule 7 of the Professional Conduct Handbook, then in force and constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4)(b) of the Legal Profession Act.