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Lawyer Who Misused $2m In Trust To Faces Charges

ILSC hears matters referred to it by LPU once investigations are completed and it is satisfied that there are grounds to start hearing against the lawyer or law firm.
25 Nov 2021 12:51
Lawyer Who Misused $2m In Trust To Faces Charges

A senior member of the legal fraternity will soon be charged by the Legal Practitioners Unit.

It is understood that up to $2 million has been misused from a trust account held by the lawyer.

The lawyer in question does not hold a valid legal practicing certificate and a complaint is understood to have been lodged with the unit.

The unit, which is the investigative arm of the Independent Legal Services Commission (ILSC), is headed by the Chief Registrar and investigates all complaints made against lawyers.

ILSC hears matters referred to it by LPU once investigations are completed and it is satisfied that there are grounds to start hearing against the lawyer or law firm.

From 2009 to 2019, ILSC has dealt with 61 cases ranging in nature from practicing without a valid certificate, perverting the course of justice, acting for both parties to an agreement, abusing the client’s relationship of confidence and trust, overdrawing from trust account, failure to pay clients monies among others.

Notable lawyers who have been penalised by the ILSC include Abhay Kumar Singh, Hemendra Nagin, Akuila Naco, Dorsami Naidu, Haroon Ali Shah, Muhamed Shamsud-Dean Sahu Khan, Laisa Lagilevu, Rajendra Chaudhry, Naipote Vere, Kalisito Maisamoa, Nikolau Nawaikula, John Rabuku, Vilimone Vosarogo, Aseri Vakaloloma and Aman Ravindra Singh.

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