Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Struck Off"

A very interesting post from the Austrailian Professional Liability Blog in June links to an order imposing removal from the roll of legal practitioners of an attorney who had represented a client charged with drug smugling in Indonesia. The attorney was a principal in the law practice Hoolihans Lawyers. The retainer agreement, in part, authorized the attorney in "appearing before the media or presenting press releases which may assist the matter..." He disclosed a confidential conversation with his client and said that his client had lied to him on the Channel 9 program "Sunday." He also "willingly participated in the making of a documentary" that was broadcast over two days by the Nine Network during which he called his former client's family "the biggest pile of trash I have ever come across in my life." Also: "this family...believes their own shit mate."

The blog reports that the attorney has retired from practice and did not contest the charges. The blog characterizes the bar action as being "struck off." Sounds better than disbarred.  There is a link in the post to the Sunday interview. (Mike Frisch)


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