Solicitor to fight claim he raided his client's account
A solicitor is to contest allegations that he withdrew large sums of money from his firm's client account for his own benefit, the High Court heard yesterday.
Earlier this month the court made an order freezing the assets of and suspending the practising certificate of Alexander Gibbons, who practises as Gibbons & Co Solicitor, Riverside, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co Cork. The court heard there was a €430,000 deficit in his client account.
The Law Society said it was seeking those orders after forming the view that Mr Gibbons had been "guilty of dishonesty".
The court made orders against Mr Gibbons after an accountant with the society found payments from the client account were made to parties including an employee of Mr Gibbons, Bandon Grammar School, and for Mr Gibbons's marina boat charge.
Last Friday, the society secured further orders to prevent Mr Gibbons attending his office unless specifically required to do so by the society.
Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill agreed to vary last Friday's orders to allow Mr Gibbons attend his office in the presence of another named solicitor. The judge also adjourned the matter to early next month.