|For immediate release||November 28, 2014|
Law Society disbars former lawyer for stealing client money
Vancouver – The Law Society sets standards of professional responsibility for BC lawyers and articled students, and upholds those standards through a complaints and discipline process. These standards and processes are important to maintain public confidence and trust in lawyers. Accordingly, a Law Society hearing panel has ordered Bradley Darryl Tak disbarred for professional misconduct.
The disbarment is for two citations, with a combined 26 proven allegations including misappropriation of client funds, failure to respond to the Law Society, misleading or attempting to mislead the Law Society, and accounting rule breaches.
In its decision, the panel noted: “Misappropriation of client trust funds is perhaps the most egregious misconduct a lawyer can commit. Wrongly taking clients’ money is the plainest form of betrayal of a client’s trust and is a complete erosion of the trust required for a functional solicitor-client relationship. The public is entitled to expect that the severity of the consequences reflect the gravity of the wrong.”
In addition to his sanction, Tak is required to pay $10,350 in hearing costs. In this case, the public is protected by imposing and publicizing this disbarment.
Clients may be entitled to compensation under trust protection coverage and can file a claim with the Lawyers Insurance Fund.
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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