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Kamloops lawyer suspended 16 months for professional misconduct

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September 07, 2021 - 4:16 PM

A Kamloops defense lawyer has been given a 16-month suspension from practicing law in B.C. for professional misconduct.

A decision by the Law Society of B.C., issued Sept. 3, 2021, suspends Jeremy Daniel Knight from practicing law after he misappropriated client funds.

The decision concerns two separate clients who transferred funds directly to Knight's bank account for retainer and disbursement funds. He was expected to hold those in trust for his clients, but failed to render a bill for legal services or record full funds received, according to a news released from the law society issued today, Sept. 7.

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Along with a 16-month suspension, a panel decision gave Knight a $5,219 fine, which he will have to pay within 12 months.

Once the suspension ends, Knight will appear before a board of examiners to determine whether he is fit to practice law, according to the decision.

He will then be required to practice under a supervision agreement and refrain from operating a trust account.

Knight, who started working for Hebert Law in 2016, has a history of cocaine, alcohol and gambling addictions, according to the decision.

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He had checked himself into a treatment facility prior to his employment with Hebert Law, but the first instance of misappropriation of client funds came just months later.

He misappropriated a total of $6,825 of client funds and has not practiced law since his membership payments ceased on Jan. 1, 2018.


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