Daming He’s pro se triumph against his lawyers in the Court of Appeal

Update, 16 January 2008: VCAT has taken the shine off the Daming He story on the re-hearing of the matter remitted by the Court of Appeal, no doubt greatly devaluing the film rights. See [2008] VCAT 3. Acting President Bowman, and Members Shattock and Campbell found that Mr He was an unconvincing and not especially …

On the perils of accepting the un-met wife’s instructions from the husband

Graham v Hall [2006] NSWCA 208 is a case about a solicitor who paid the price for taking what he thought to be a husband and wife’s instructions from the husband alone, lured by the husband into doing so by the preposterous lies that the wife was (i) stricken with cancer, too sick to attend …

Epic battle re trust monies results in misconduct finding against barrister

Victorian Bar Inc v DAP No. 6 [2006] VCAT 1226 A barrister banked $50,000 into his personal account, arguing that it was a “retainer” and not monies held on account of future fees. VCAT found that it could not have been a retainer because that is a modest fee paid to a barrister to prevent …