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Sunday 21 September 2014

Solicitor 'who failed to comply with professional duties in property purchases' is struck off

Published 30/06/2014 | 16:07

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The president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns granted orders sought by the Law Society striking him off in his absence.

A COUNTY Clare solicitor who failed to comply with his professional duties to several clients in relation to property purchases has been struck off for misconduct by the High Court.

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John J.A Rynne, formerly practising as Rynne Hanrahan and Associates, Limerick Road, Ennis, and also as Hanrahan Rynne Solicitors, Riverside Business Park, Ennis, was found guilty of professional misconduct by a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in relation to six different cases brought against him.

The president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns granted orders sought by the Law Society striking him off in his absence.

David Irwin, solicitor in the society's regulation department, said Mr Rynne had attended court in person last week and promised to file an affidavit by last Thursday in relation to the various cases against him. 

Nothing had been received however and he had not turned up and was not represented yesterday, Mr Irwin said.

In affidavits seeking the strike off, Mr Irwin said he had failed to respond to complaints both from clients and from the society.

In one case, the SDT found him guilty of failing to comply with, expeditiously or at all, undertakings he gave to the Educational Building Society in relation to financing for six different couples or individuals for the purchase of properties in Co Clare.

In another matter, he failed to honour an  undertaking he gave to Bank of Ireland in relation to another client's property in Ennis.

In another, he failed to account for monies given to him by another client to him in relation to a transaction concerning a property in Ennistymon, Clare, and he also failed to stamp and register title deeds to the property.

He also failed to comply with a Law Society direction that he refund

€1,993 fees and outlays paid to him by another client or to pay €450 in costs in relation to the same matter.

He further failed to forward all files and documents sought by another client leaving her unable to complete registration of her property in Inagh, Clare.  He also failed to account for €2,500 in relation to the same client in a timely manner or at all.

He also failed to furnish the society with a closing accountant's report in relation to his practice.

In all cases, he failed to respond to correspondence about those matters from the society's Complaints and Client Relations committee or to attend meetings to deal with the complaints.

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