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Friday 22 August 2014

Gerald Kean misconduct appeal adjourned

Published 14/07/2014 | 17:12

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Gerald Kean

AN appeal by solicitor Gerald Kean over a professional misconduct finding against him has been adjourned to September.

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Last May a Law Society Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) recommended Mr Kean be fined €20,000 for misconduct following complaints by a former client over services rendered by the solicitor.

Crane driver Christopher O'Neill, from Drumsna in Leitrim, complained to the SDT that Mr Kean knowingly misled him into believing that the solicitor had put in a defence to a District Court debt case against him (O'Neill). 

The former client said Mr Kean also failed to lodge an appeal against the decree, for €1,067, and misled him Mr O'Neill into believing such an appeal had been lodged.

The SDT found misconduct in relation to three allegations but not in relation to three others.

Yesterday, a solicitor for Mr Kean asked for an adjournment to allow him time to reply to papers filed by the Law Society. 

President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, adjourned the matter for hearing during a vacation sitting of the court in September.

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