|For immediate release||November 12, 2014|
Law Society takes action against unauthorized practitioners
Vancouver – 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.
On November 11, Christophere Nat Kit Ho, Thelma Wai Yee Leung and Ho & Associates Consulting Group Inc., all of Richmond, consented to an injunction prohibiting them from engaging in the practice of law for or in the expectation of a fee, gain or reward, direct or indirect from the parties for whom the acts are performed, unless and until they are authorized to do so. The Law Society was also awarded costs.
On November 7, a judge found Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford in contempt of a court order pronounced June 5, 2002. The court found that Carlisle had advertised legal services on the Internet and offered to prepare Charter applications for or in the expectation of a fee, contrary to the previous order. The court fined Carlisle $500 and awarded the Law Society its special costs.
On October 6, the Law Society was granted an injunction permanently prohibiting Bradley Jonathan Renford, also known as Kim Elton Horne, doing business as Concise Paralegal Services, of Burnaby, from engaging in the practice of law, including preparing documents to be used in court proceedings or under statute, giving legal advice, offering legal services and from representing himself as qualified or entitled to engage in the practice of law.
On September 9, the Law Society was granted an injunction permanently prohibiting Francisco MacDugall of Vancouver from engaging in the practice of law and from falsely representing himself as a lawyer, articled student or in any other manner that connotes he is authorized to practise law.
On September 18, John Karlsson, a former lawyer of Youbou consented to an order permanently prohibiting him from representing himself as a lawyer or from engaging in the practice of law as defined in section 1 of the Legal Profession Act.
On July 29, Ravinder P. Randhawa, also known as Ravinder Bains and Ravinderpal Randhawa, and her company, Randhawa Immigration Services Ltd., consented to an injunction permanently prohibiting Randhawa from holding herself out as a lawyer and prohibiting them from engaging in the practice of law for or in the expectation of a fee.
On February 6, Vancouver Credit Collection Inc., Nitya Nand also known as Nick Nand, Joysika Nand, and Nirmala Nand also known as Nancy Smith, all of Surrey, consented to an injunction permanently prohibiting them from engaging in the practice of law for or in the expectation of a fee, gain or reward and paid the Law Society’s costs.
On January 16, a judge ordered an injunction against Lisa Lihua Wu, of Richmond, prohibiting her from engaging in the practice of law. Wu had offered to draft legal documents, refer a matter to a lawyer and give legal advice in expectation of a fee.
To read the consent orders, see the Law Society’s database of unauthorized practitioners.
The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 11,000 practising 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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