For the BC Law Society, it’s better late than never when it comes to taking a bad lawyer to task.
Lawyer Robert Strother became infamous in the late 90s after being sued by his former film industry clients for misleading them.
He made headlines after the BC Court of Appeal found him at fault, ordering him to pay a whopping $32 million.
The judgment against him was later reduced to $1 million by the Supreme Court in 2008.
But his saga is not quite over.
In a December 11 decision, the BC Law Society fined Strother $54,792.38 for the professional misconduct stemming from the original lawsuit.
In the decision the Law Society acknowledged the late timeline.
“One might ask what is to be gained by imposing discipline on a person who has not been a member since 2008 and with respect to matters that occurred in the last century.”
Nevertheless, the Law Society said it was taking this step to reassure the public, adding:
“We provide a message to the public that the Law Society takes seriously the misconduct of its members and that the fact that the person involved is no longer a member is not a way of escaping the scrutiny of the Law Society.”
Despite the fact Strother is no longer a member, the Law Society also formally suspended Robert Strother for five months.