Citation issued: September 12, 2017
Michael Murph Ranspot
Citations are authorized by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer that will be considered at a discipline hearing. Please note that allegations in a citation are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.
Nature of conduct to be inquired into:
1. On or about December 31, 2015, you assaulted CC, and on or about November 9, 2016, you pled guilty to assault causing bodily harm on CC.
This conduct constitutes conduct unbecoming a lawyer, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.
2. Between approximately March 2013 and December 31, 2015, when you represented CC in family law proceedings, you acted in a conflict of interest contrary to one or more of rules 3.4-26.1, 3.4-28 and 3.4-34 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia because you:
(a) were in a personal romantic relationship with CC from approximately April 2012 until December 31, 2015; and
(b) loaned funds to CC between approximately May 2013 and October 2014, without ensuring CC had independent legal advice regarding the loans.
This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.