The BC Supreme Court has issued a ruling banning one of the top executives at the BC car sales regulator from practicing law and declaring that she is a lawyer.
Loraine Lee, chief operating officer of the Vehicle Sales Authority (VSA), was the subject of a petition filed by the Bar Association in May, alleging that she had misrepresented herself in her position in the VSA and in her role as a board member of both the Mental Health Review Board and Passenger Transportation Board.
The petition called for her to be barred from practicing law.
According to the petition, Lee was a member of the bar for about seven months beginning in June 1987.
Lee denied these allegations, saying when she was hired, the U.S. was fully aware that she was not a practicing attorney.
On October 6, Lee is permanently prohibited from acting as a lawyer, drawing, auditing or settling legal documents and cases, providing legal advice and representing that she is qualified to practice law until she becomes a good member of the Law Society of BC