Citation issued: July 11, 2014

cameron john pham 

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. On or about April 23, 2012, while acting for NH in the sale of residential property, you issued an account in the amount of $1,508.10 to your client and satisfied that account from funds you held in trust, when:

(a) you were not entitled to the funds, contrary to Rules 3-56 or 3-57 of the Law Society Rules, or

(b) the fees you charged your client were unreasonably high or excessive, contrary to Canon 3(9) or Chapter 9, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

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 April 25, 2012, while acting for MN and NP in the sale of residential property, you issued an account in the amount of $923.77 to your clients and satisfied that account from funds you held in trust, when:

(a) you were not entitled to the funds, contrary to Rules 3-56 or 3-57 of the Law Society Rules, or

(b) the fees you charged your clients were unreasonably high or excessive, contrary to Canon 3(9) or Chapter 9, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

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

3. Between February and October 2012, you issued accounts to clients that improperly billed for disbursements by charging for disbursements not actually incurred, or by charging amounts for disbursements that exceeded the actual amount of the disbursement incurred, including one or more of the following:

(a) an account dated February 20, 2012, issued to MH and RH which included a charge of $495 for “Stewart Title Insurance Policy” that was not actually incurred;

(b) an account dated March 23, 2012, issued to HN which included a charge of $1,658 for “Stewart Title Insurance Policy” that was not actually incurred;

(c) an account dated March 23, 2012, issued to HN which included a charge of $1,262 for “Stewart Title Insurance Policy” when the actual cost of the title insurance policy was $450 and which included a charge of $280 for “Form F & B Fees” paid to the strata manager, when the actual amount paid to the strata manager was $151.20;

(d) an account dated April 30, 2012, issued to GM which included a charge of $1,684.50 for “Title Insurance” that was not actually incurred and which included a charge of $150 for an “Insurance Binder”, when the actual amount paid in respect of insurance binders on the transaction was $90; and

(e) an account dated October 10, 2012, issued to TN which included a charge of $797.85 for “Title Insurance” that was not actually incurred,

contrary to either or both of section 69 of the Legal Profession Act and Canon 3(9) or Chapter 9, Rule 7 of the Professional Conduct Handbook, then in force.

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 course of acting for your clients, GM or MS and HS, in the negotiation of a subdivision application, you recorded the receipt and disbursement of trust funds of $3,000 received from GM in a trust ledger identifying two other individuals as clients, and you issued a bill dated April 30, 2012 containing a fictitious description of services contrary to section 69 of the Legal Profession Act, both for the purpose of avoiding payment of the Trust Administration Fee required by Rule 2-72.2 of the Law Society Rules.

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