Lawyer suspended for 1 year
The Law Society of British Columbia has suspended a Kelowna lawyer for professional misconduct, meaning he will not be practicing for the next year.
In a release from the society, they say a hearing panel found that Douglas Warren Welder acted in a conflict of interest while representing a client in a foreclosure proceeding against a former client.
In its decision, the panel said, “Acting in a conflict of interest amounts to a breach of one of the bastions of the legal profession, ranking with confidentiality, loyalty to clients, fulfilling undertakings, safeguarding trust funds, and duties to the Courts. Failure to uphold these bastions leads to disintegration of the public’s confidence in the profession.”
Welder’s suspension will begin on June 1 and will not be lifted until he completes 12 credits of approved Continuing Professional Development this year, and a remedial course on professional ethics.
After the suspension is lifted, he will also have to undergo two consecutive practice reviews, which successfully demonstrate satisfactory trust accounting procedures, satisfactory file management, appropriate conflict checks and decisions, and an understanding of substantive legal issues at the level of a competent lawyer.
Welder has also been ordered to pay $13,692 in costs.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Kelowna News
- New cell tower?West Kelowna - 3:55 pm
- New Sockeye hatcheryPenticton / S. Okanagan - 2:23 pm
- Social media thwarts shoplifterPenticton / S. Okanagan - 1:59 pm
- Surviving hurricane OdileKelowna - 6:06 am
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna Central Okanagan
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library