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NSW solicitor who didn’t pay counsel’s fees struck back on

November 13th, 2016 · No Comments

Salvatore Russo, a solicitor of 29 years’ standing, was struck off NSW’s roll of solicitors on 16 April 2016 by NCAT.  He had received payment from his client for counsel’s fees but not paid counsel for years. Then he was high-handed in response to the client’s entreaties when counsel sued the client directly.  The Court of Appeal found […]

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Tags: appeals · Discipline · Legal writing · Misconduct · Professional fees and disbursements · Trust money · trust monies

New South Wales Law Society misconceivedly suspends sole practitioner’s PC peremptorily

November 5th, 2014 · No Comments

In Dennis v Council of the Law Society of New South Wales [2014] NSWSC 1487, the Law Society suspended a sole practitioner’s practising certificate with immediate effect and appointed a manager to his practice.  He had not responded to commands by a trust investigator to produce documents and answer questions in relation to a disciplinary complaint.  […]

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Tags: External administration · Legal Profession Act · Practising certificates · Professional regulation · regulators' duties · Suspension · Trust money · trust monies

Commissioner’s obligation to charge dishonesty if he intends to allege it

December 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Relatively recently, I posted on the question of whether a Bureau de Spank desiring to rely on a practitioner’s dishonesty or other form of conscious wrongdoing must expressly allege it in the charge, and discussed Walter v Council of Queensland Law Society Incorporated (1988) 77 ALR 228 at 234; [1988] HCA 8.  Now, in Legal […]

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Tags: amendment · appeals · concurrent duties · conflicts · current client and past client · Discipline · duty and duty · Ethics · jurisdiction · Legal Profession Act · Legal Services Commissioner · Misconduct · natural justice · Practising certificates · procedure · Professional regulation · Striking off · Trust money · trust monies · wilful disregard for rules

Disciplinary charges and intentional wrongdoing

October 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Update, 4 December 2009: see now Legal Services Commissioner v Madden (No 2) [2008] QCA 301.  What the Queensland Court of Appeal said there about Walter’s Case, the subject of this post, is reproduced at the end of the post. Original post: Does a lawyer’s Bureau de Spank have to say in a charge in […]

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Tags: Discipline · Misconduct · natural justice · procedure · prosecutorial failures · prosecutors' duties · reckless disregard for rules · trust monies · Unsatisfactory conduct · wilful disregard for rules

Commissioner’s unexplained delay reduces penalty for serious misconduct

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Speaking of the need for speed as Justice Heydon and I were on this blog yesterday, there are two other instances worthy of reporting. First, the High Court has recently considered the need for speed in criminal proceedings, and were not nearly as excited about it as in commercial litigation. This time, they rolled the […]

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Tags: costs · Discipline · Legal Services Commissioner · mental illness · Misconduct · procedure · prosecutors' duties · regulators' duties · trust monies

Beak bribe boast bars barro

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Legal Services Commissioner v JDG [2008] LPT 17 is a shocking case in which a Queensland barrister was struck off after he lied when confronted by investigators with the true proposition that he had offered to pay a $50,000 bribe to a Magistrate or Crown prosecutor on behalf of a client.  He also took $59,000 […]

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Tags: "disgraceful and dishonourable" · common law · Discipline · Legal Profession Act · Misconduct · Negligence · Professional fees and disbursements · Striking off · Trust money · trust monies

Latest word on burden of proof in professional discipline ‘prosecutions’

August 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In this post, I just reproduce what Deputy President Dwyer said recently about the burden of proof, right to silence, and inferences which may be drawn from the fact of the exercise by a solicitor of the right to silence. He said it in the context of a hard-fought hearing into the conduct of Kylie’s […]

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Tags: "disgraceful and dishonourable" · common law · Discipline · Legal Practice Act · Legal Services Commissioner · Misconduct · procedure · prosecutorial failures · reckless disregard for rules · trust monies · Unsatisfactory conduct · VCAT Act · wilful disregard for rules

Law Institute seeks 50 year ban for 62 year old solicitor

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments

In Law Institute of Victoria v DSS [2008] VCAT 1179, the Institute sought in a misconduct prosecution an order that the solicitor not be allowed to handle trust monies for 50 years. Vice President Judge Ross described the submission as ‘somewhat excessive’. The solicitor had stolen $75,000 from his clients and out of his trust […]

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Tags: "disgraceful and dishonourable" · common law · costs · Criminal liability · Discipline · mental illness · Misconduct · Practising certificates · procedure · prosecutorial failures · Striking off · trust monies

Kylie’s one-time lawyer before VCAT’s Legal Practice List

July 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Update, 18 July 2008: Make that a $200,000, not $20,000, loan from rock impressario Michael Gudinski. I like the way he gave evidence to VCAT’s Legal Practice List by mobile phone from a US Billy Joel concert. Leonie Wood’s report for The Age is here. Update, 15 July 2008: Apparently the Law Institute’s trust account […]

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Tags: Criminal liability · Discipline · judicial review · trust monies

Megafirm partner who stole to make budget gets his ticket back after long holiday

April 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The latest application for review of a decision of the Legal Services Board decision not to grant a practising certificate was in the matter of DAP v Law Institute of Victoria [2008] VCAT 688. The 57 year old solicitor and former Melbourne Cricket Club Committee member was a property lawyer at one of Melbourne’s megafirms […]

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Tags: Admission · Criminal liability · Legal Profession Act · Professional regulation · regulators' duties · trust monies