A Surrey man posing as a lawyer has been banned from practising law.
Brent Chow was ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court late last year to stop engaging in the practice of law for a fee, and to stop prosecuting or defending court proceedings on behalf of others, whether charging them or not.
The Law Society of B.C. alleged Chow charged for various legal services, including providing legal advice, and preparing legal documents and pleadings and corporate services.
Under the Legal Profession Act, only trained, qualified lawyers (or articled students or paralegals under a lawyer’s supervision) may provide legal services and advice to the public. Others are not regulated or insured.
Chow was doing business as Core Legal Services, Core Finance & Taxation, Core Accounting and www.coretaxaion.com
The law society took action against seven individuals and businesses between November 2015 and February 2016 to stop them from illegally practicing law.
Chow agreed to pay the Law Society’s court costs of $1,500.