|For immediate release||December 4, 2015|
Law Society suspends Surrey lawyer David Siebenga for professional misconduct
Vancouver, December 4, 2015 – 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 David Siebenga of Surrey be suspended for professional misconduct.
Before a hearing panel, Siebenga admitted professional misconduct relating to his representation of a client in two court actions. In one action, the Respondent filed affidavits and took the position that his client had no legal or beneficial interest in a piece of property. Subsequently, in another action, the Respondent took the position that his client had an equitable interest in the same piece of property.The hearing panel ordered that Siebenga be suspended for 30 days and the parties agreed the suspension would be served from December 19, 2015 through January 17, 2016. Written reasons confirming the panel's decision are available here.
The Law Society of British Columbia upholds and protects the public interest in the administration of justice by ensuring the independence, integrity and competence of lawyers, establishing education and professional development standards for lawyers, regulating the practice of law and preserving and protecting the rights and freedoms of all persons.