|For immediate release||February 27, 2015|
Law Society suspends lawyer for charging excessive fees and disbursements, creating fictitious trust accounting documentation [updated April 7, 2015]
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, the Law Society has ordered that lawyer Cameron John Pham of Vancouver be suspended for professional misconduct.
Before a hearing panel, Pham admitted to four allegations of misconduct relating to matters regarding eight of his clients he was working for in 2012. The proven allegations include: charging excessive fees, and creating invoices for disbursements not incurred or which included undisclosed administrative surcharges. He also improperly recorded trust transactions and created a fictitious letter, along with an invoice, to support the transactions all for the purpose of avoiding the payment of the Trust Administration Fee.
Pham will be suspended for two months beginning March 1, 2015 and will be required to pay hearing costs in the amount of $1,800.
Written reasons for disciplinary action will be released in due course [On April 2, the hearing panel released its written reasons for discipline, which can be downloaded here].
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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