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‘Shocked’ Gerald Kean lodges appeal over misconduct verdict

Published 19/05/2014|09:42

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Solicitor Gerald Kean has said he is “shocked” and “utterly rejects” the misconduct verdict handed down to him and is planning an appeal to the High Court.

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Last week the Law Society’s disciplinary tribunal found against Kean (57) on three counts of failing to properly represent Christopher O’Neill after his client became embroiled in a legal row over payment to a marine surveyor he called in to examine repairs on his (O’Neill’s) boat.

Mr O’Neill lost the case and a complaint was made to the tribunal which has resulted in a year-long battle, with the findings revealed last week.

The tribunal found that Kean knowingly misled his client and failed to inform O'Neill that he would not be representing him and thus failing to uphold a duty of care. Kean told the tribunal that he personally paid the fine of €985 personally and that his client subsequently reimbursed him.

The solicitor however has rejected the findings of the tribunal and says he plans on appealing to the High Court to clear his name.

“I utterly reject the findings and my advice has been to appeal,” he told Independent.ie.

“I am shocked by what has happened, something that has never happened in more than 25,000 cases I have worked on in my career.”

“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since the findings were made and I have received a huge amount of support,” he added.

Known for his high-profile clients, Kean says that celebrities make up just a small percentage of his overall client base.

“I am known for being outspoken and a celebrity lawyer, but I only represent about 20-30 celebrities.”

“I am easy to deal with and cheap as anyone. I will always give people good advice and don't charge for the initial conversation.”

“I’ve made mistake all my life, but I have accepted them. However, I totally reject the tribunal’s findings.”

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