Citation issued: march 23, 2015
Gerhardus Albertus Pyper
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Nature of conduct to be inquired into:
1. In the course of representing your client, WF, in both a criminal and a civil matter, you engaged Dr. JM to provide opinion evidence and you failed to pay in full invoices received from Dr. JM and failed to respond to communications from Dr. JM regarding those invoices. In particular:
(a) you failed to pay in full invoices dated January 10, 2012, February 4, 2013 and May 7, 2013, contrary to Chapter 2, Rule 2 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force and Rule 7.1-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia; and
(b) you failed to respond substantively or at all to letters dated June 11, 2013, July 23, 2013, September 10, 2013 and December 3, 2013.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.