|For immediate release||September 15, 2015|
Law Society suspends North Vancouver lawyer Ronald Perrick for professional misconduct [updated October 23, 2015] [updated November 30, 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 Ronald Perrick of North Vancouver be suspended for professional misconduct.
The proven misconduct relates to Perrick’s representation of a client in matters arising from two motor vehicle accidents, one in 2002 and the other in 2004. Perrick admitted to professional misconduct for failing to serve his client in a conscientious, diligent and efficient manner, as well as for failing to reply reasonably promptly to correspondence from opposing counsel.
In issuing the suspension, the hearing panel took into consideration a prior record that they considered serious related to proven misconduct similar to the current findings of professional misconduct.
The hearing panel ordered Perrick to serve a 30-day suspension to start December 1, 2015, and to pay costs of $19,315.81.
Written reasons for disciplinary action are available 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.
[Updated on October 23, 2015: On October 8, 2015,Perrick served a Notice of Review pursuant to s. 47 of the Legal Profession Act.]
[Updated November 30, 2015: A stay of suspension has been granted on conditions, being that the stay will terminate upon:
a) the Applicant’s review being discontinued or abandoned by the Applicant;
b) the Applicant’s review being dismissed by the Review Board;
c) further order of the Review Board; or
d) May 31, 2016,
whichever event occurs first.]
[Updated January 5, 2017: The Review Board has dismissed Perrick’s review. Written reasons are available here. Perrick has filed a Notice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal. He has applied for and the Law Society has agreed to a stay of suspension pending the outcome of the appeal.]
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