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  1. LCRO 183/2020 DX v SQ (26 February 2021) [PDF, 260 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / estate matter / complaint opposing lawyer acted fraudulently and deceptively while seeking a copy of a will from third parties / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 2.3 / rule 11.1 / HELD / lawyers owe limited duties to non-clients / lawyer was seeking a copy of a will that was not provided to other beneficiaries by complainant / it would have been preferable for lawyer to indicate they were assisting beneficiaries with estate rather than in the administration of estate / evidence does not demonstrate conduct was dishonest, rather, imprecise / rule 11.1 directed at misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to a lawyer’s practice, not in advocacy / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  2. LCRO 105/2020 AG v BH & CI (19 February 2021) [PDF, 179 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / civil litigation / complaint lawyers did not provide competent representation, did not follow instructions and charged fees that were not fair and reasonable / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 9 / rule 9.1 / HELD / new issues raised at review stage cannot be considered / lawyers must follow client instructions / no evidence lawyers resisted instructions to end litigation / complainant advised of risks / no evidence lawyers falsely represented hourly rates / fees fair and reasonable / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  3. LCRO 43/2019 KD v MX (19 February 2021) [PDF, 223 KB]

    Review / Committee declined to take further action / correspondence with school regarding Family Court litigation / complaint lawyer sent inappropriate letters about opposing parent to children’s schools / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, section 12(b) / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 2 / rule 2.1 / rule 2.3 / rule 6 / HELD / letters cast aspersions on complainant’s character and psychological condition / conduct was unprofessional and breached rules 2, 2.1, 2.3 and 6 / Committee’s educative approach in taking no further action not appropriate / Committee’s decision reversed as to unsatisfactory conduct finding, modified to censure lawyer and to order apology / section 211(1)(a)

  4. LCRO 78/2019 EW v PT and AM (3 February 2021) [PDF, 142 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / insurance claim and franchise advice / complaint lawyers not competent, charged fees that were not fair and reasonable, and did not make it clear an invoice did not cover franchise advice from another firm / HELD / jurisdiction / application for review included request to review two determinations; one was out of time to review / Complaint Services’ decision to split complaint into two files is an administrative decision, review jurisdiction is to review aspects of Committee’s inquiry / nevertheless, decision to separate complaints logical / no evidence of professional conduct issue / disciplinary process does not closely analyse and second guess litigation decisions / mistaken assumption that an invoice covered franchise advice / franchise advice properly chargeable / fees fair and reasonable / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  5. LCRO 26/2019 ET v CG (29 January 2021) [PDF, 194 KB]

    Review / Committee declined to take further action on complaint / advice relating to protection order / complaint opposing lawyer advised their client they could breach explicit terms of protection order / CW v XB LCRO 213/2010 / KJ v VW LCRO 54/18 / Burmeister v O’Brien [2010] 2 NZLR 395 (HC) / HELD / expected that a reasonably competent lawyer would comprehend restriction imposed by protection order and advise client accordingly / unsatisfactory conduct pursuant to section 12(a) / Committee’s decision reversed / section 211(1)(a)

  6. LCRO 181/2019 SL v GB (29 January 2021) [PDF, 281 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action on complaint / property transaction / complaint lawyer’s fees not fair and reasonable, advised opposing party the dispute was not worth litigating, inappropriately terminated retainer, and instructed a debt collector a day earlier than advised / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 4.2 / rule 4.2.3 / rule 7.1 / rule 9 / rule 9.1 / HELD / fees fair and reasonable / breach of rule 7.1 / lawyer failed to advise client as instructed / disciplinary response not warranted in context / lawyer terminated retainer 10 days before hearing / termination does not call for a disciplinary response in context of repeated failures to pay fees / lawyer withdrew instructions to debt collector on receiving complaint / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  7. LCRO 109/2020 SV v FT (28 January 2021) [PDF, 198 KB]

    Complaint / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / lodging a caveat, claim against estate / complaint lawyer lodged caveat without proper basis and Committee did not order full compensation / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 2.3 / section 156(1)(d) / BAB v PW LCRO 4/2011 / HELD / lawyer’s client did not have caveatable interest / review application challenges partial compensation order / Committee determined not to provide full compensation due to complainant’s contributory behaviour / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  8. LCRO 45/2020 MN v RK (22 December 2020) [PDF, 249 KB]

    Complaint / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / caveat to secure fees / complaint lawyer registered caveat without caveatable interest / Lankow v Rose [1995] 1 NZLR 277 (CA) / Boat Harbour Holdings Ltd v Steve Mowat Building and Construction Ltd [2012] NZCA 305 / Batusov v Batusov [2020] NZHC 1272 / BAB v PW LCRO 4/2011 (14 August 2012) / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 2.3 / HELD / lawyer must be able to point to assessment of grounds supporting caveatable interest / lawyer did not raise contestable argument they had reasonable grounds to lodge a caveat / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  9. LCRO 21/2019 IV v EC and HL (21 December 2020) [PDF, 216 KB]

    Review / Committee declined to take further action / enduring power of attorney and property transfer / complaint lawyer did not properly determine whether complainant had capacity when executing powers of attorney, and that another lawyer acted on property transfer despite conflict of interest / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 6.1 / rule 6.2 / rule 6.3 / HELD / no longer practicable to investigate capacity complaint due to passage of time / breach of rule 6.1 / interests of vendor and purchaser did not align / no evidence clients provided informed consent / information barrier discussed, not a cure for failing to obtain informed consent / Committee’s decision confirmed as to capacity complaint, reversed as to conflict of interest / unsatisfactory conduct found / no further orders made / section 211(1)(a)

  10. LCRO 14/2020 CL v BB (18 December 2020) [PDF, 150 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / trust and estate dispute / complaint lawyer did not meet duty of care, failed to act promptly and charged excessive fees / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 9 / rule 9.1 / HELD / no evidence lawyer committed to resolving dispute within short timeframe / miscommunication about request for documents already provided by complainant not unsatisfactory conduct / liability for fees for reviewing financial statements not dependent on finding irregularities / fee complaint regarding minute disputes for properly chargeable fees not upheld / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  11. LCRO 166/2020 GM - Application for review of a prosecutorial decision (18 December 2020) [PDF, 174 KB]

    Committee referred conduct complaint to Disciplinary Tribunal / allegation lawyer inappropriately transferred funds from trust account / Orlov v New Zealand Law Society [2013] NZCA 230 / Zhao v Legal Complaints Review Officer [2016] NZHC 2622 / HELD / Committees are not required to provide reasons to refer conduct to Disciplinary Tribunal / evidence does not conclusively demonstrate any breaches are inadvertent errors / proper matters for Tribunal to consider / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  12. LCRO 83/2020 BA v SC (18 December 2020) [PDF, 265 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / trust funds / complaint lawyer received trust funds from trustee and followed instructions to pay funds to trustee’s company / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 4.1 / rule 4.2 / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, section 110 / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Trust Account Regulations) Regulations 2008, regulation 12 / Fletcher v Eden Refuge Trust [2012] NZCA 124 / Trust Account Guidelines / HELD / other than being instructing solicitor on proceedings to remove trustee, no evidence produced that lawyer knew trustee not entitled to funds / issue yet to be determined in court / lawyer could have asked for copy of trustee resolution authorising payment, or terminated retainer / however, no contravention of trust account rules on the evidence / without further information, lawyer obliged to carry out instructions / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  13. LCRO 14/2020 CL v BB (18 December 2020) [PDF, 141 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / trust and estate dispute / complaint lawyer did not meet duty of care, failed to act promptly and charged excessive fees / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 9 / rule 9.1 / HELD / no evidence lawyer committed to resolving dispute within short timeframe / miscommunication about request for documents already provided by complainant not unsatisfactory conduct / liability for fees for reviewing financial statements not dependent on finding irregularities / fee complaint regarding minute disputes for properly chargeable fees not upheld / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  14. LCRO 189/2019 RT v AC (30 November 2020) [PDF, 248 KB]

    Review / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / conveyancing transaction / complaint lawyer invoiced clients when not involved in sale, did not provide new lawyer with access to e-dealing and fees were not fair and reasonable / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 4.3 / rule 4.4 / rule 9 / rule 9.1 / HELD / lawyer provided undertaking with irrevocable instructions to purchaser’s solicitor in exchange for 50 per cent deposit to be paid / Committee’s decision to accept cost assessor’s report not well founded / cost assessor estimated time spent on matter and did not take into account particulars of this transaction / not referred back due to time elapsed / new lawyer should have set up fresh e-dealing / Committee’s decision reversed / section 211(1)(a)

  15. LCRO 24/2020 TN v [Area] Standards Committee [X] (30 November 2020) [PDF, 210 KB]

    Review / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / Family Court proceedings / own motion investigation lawyer did not comply with notice of requirement to produce letter sent to Family Court / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, section 147 / Beckham v R [2015] NZSC 98 / HELD / lawyer claimed letter was privileged and instructed by client not to release it and to minimise communications / privilege claim probably without foundation / original complainant and Committee could have obtained letter from Family Court, and did so during course of complaint / not satisfied conduct requires a disciplinary response / Committee’s decision reversed / section 211(1)(a)

  16. LCRO 140/2020 AB v RP (27 November 2020) [PDF, 267 KB]

    Complaint / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / conveyancing transaction / complaint lawyer did not provide terms of engagement and deducted trust funds without authority / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, section 110 / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Trust Account) Regulations 2008, regulation 9 / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 3.4 / rule 3.5 / rule 3.6 / rule 9.3 / HELD / breach of rule 3.4 / prior terms of engagement did not remain accurate, nor was this considered at the time for the purpose of rule 3.6 / breach of rule 9.3 and reg 9 / lawyer did not have authority to deduct funds for reg 9(1)(a) / regs 9 and 10 demand strict compliance / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  17. LCRO 191/2019 UY v FB (26 November 2020) [PDF, 266 KB]

    Complaint / Committee declined to take further action / Family Court proceedings / complaint opposing lawyer described complainant’s protection order application as a parenting order “in drag” and failed to serve a memorandum / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Complaints Service and Standards Committees) Regulations 2008, reg 9 / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 12 / HELD / procedural fairness / complaints service did not forward complaint to lawyer / discussed complaint with lawyer in phone call / explanations in call not provided to complainant / no evidence complaint inquiry was materially compromised / no breach of rule 12 / no evidence lawyer knew comment would cause distress / presiding judge best placed to evaluate conduct / no evidence of judge’s concern about comment or service of memorandum / Committee’s decision confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  18. Ref: LCRO 99/2019 SQ v LP (27 October 2020) [PDF, 235 KB]

    Review / Committee declined to take further action on complaint / civil proceedings / complaint lawyer refused to issue proceedings and duplicated work / fee complaint / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 1.2 / rule 9 / rule 9.1 / HELD / no evidence complainant instructed lawyer to issue proceedings / Standards Committee directed to reconsider fee complaint / section 209(1)(a) / Committee’s decision otherwise confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  19. LCRO 134/2019 NM v LL (23 October 2020) [PDF, 207 KB]

    Review / Committee declined to take further action on complaint / Waitangi Tribunal claim / complaint lawyer did not provide client file to complainant and did not have authority to act / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 1.2 / rule 4.4 / rule 4.4.1 / HELD / no breach of rule 4.4.1 / complainant not entitled to require uplift of file as they were not a client / Committee’s decision confirmed but modified to record any further action on complaint is unnecessary or inappropriate / section 211(1)(a)

  20. LCRO 29/2019 HM v PL (22 October 2020) [PDF, 189 KB]

    Review / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / estate matter / complaint lawyer did not treat complainant with respect and courtesy or promptly answer requests for information, and failed to disclose documents / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 3.1 / rule 7 / rule 7.2 / rule 9.4 / second complaint / HELD / respect and courtesy, and requests for information complaints determined in first complaint / no breach of rule 7 / complainant was not lawyer’s client / no breach of rule 9.4 / lawyer not able to provide estimate / Committee’s decision reversed as to unsatisfactory conduct findings, otherwise confirmed / section 211(1)(a)

  21. LCRO 55/2020 MY v KA (5 October 2020) [PDF, 182 KB]

    Review / Committee found unsatisfactory conduct / conveyancing transaction / complaint lawyer misspelt client’s name on title and did not follow instructions to correct mistake / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2008, rule 3 / rule 11 / Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, section 137 / section 138 / complainant asked to withdraw complaint / HELD / complainant’s wishes on progressing complaint not determinative / when complainant asks to withdraw complaint, Committee’s role is to weigh request against public interest requirements / breach of rule 3 / failed to act in a timely way to correct mistake and disregarded instructions to do so / breach of rule 11 / responses to complaint and inquiry failed to preserve reputation of legal profession / Committee’s decision modified as to scope of rule 11 breach, otherwise confirmed / section 211(1)(a)