Richmond lawyer Hong Guo has been disbarred from the Law Society of British Columbia.
According to a statement released on Monday, a Law Society Tribunal hearing panel said the decision was based on Guo’s “lengthy and serious disciplinary history consisting of numerous conduct issues covering different circumstances dating back to 2012.”
Guo is a prominent immigration and real estate lawyer who ran for Richmond mayor in 2018 and lost. In 2016, she claimed $7.5 million was stolen from her trust account and has faced several misconduct allegations.
“Four hearing panels, including the most recent, made wide-range findings of professional misconduct, including misappropriation and other mishandling of trust funds, breaches of trust accounting rules, conflicts of interest, misrepresentations and false representations to clients and the Law Society, failure to supervise staff, and breaches of undertakings and Law Society orders,” the hearing panel wrote.
“Guo’s discipline history is also replete with concerns about her practice and file management, competence and ability to co-operate with the Law Society.
“Guo met many aspects of the test for ungovernability, including a lengthy discipline history, repeated breaches of undertakings, a consistent and repetitive failure to respond to the Law Society’s inquiries and a pattern of misleading behaviour directed at both the Law Society and clients.”
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