Queensland Law Society

Discipline Updates

The Queensland Law Society Ethics Centre releases “Discipline Updates”. The updates are designed to provide a summary of recent discipline decisions to help solicitors proactively avoid complaints.

The Centre is committed to assisting solicitors maintain high standards of professional conduct.

Discipline decisions will be published regularly on this website.


Legal Services Commissioner v RJ Leneham [2017] QCAT 96

25 May 2017

INTERLOCUTORY APPLICATION – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – STRIKE OUT OR DISCLOSURE OF PARTICULARS – S 47 QCAT ACT – S 62 QCAT ACT – whether the proceedings were so lacking in substance and misconceived so as to warrant striking out.


Legal Services Commissioner v RWT Biddle [2017] QCAT 119

18 May 2017

PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT OR UNSATISFACTORY PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT – DISHONEST APPLICATION OF TRUST FUNDS ON TEN OCCASIONS


Legal Services Commissioner v CMA Ho [2017] QCAT 95

27 April 2017

PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – LAWYERS – COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINE – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – UNSATISFACTORY PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT


Legal Services Commissioner v JL Dingwall [2017] QCAT 76

20 April 2017

PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – LAWYERS – COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINE – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT


Legal Services Commissioner v CE Rowe [2017] QCAT 85

18 April 2017

PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – LAWYERS – COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINE – PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT AND UNSATISFACTORY CONDUCT – where the respondent accepted the charges but argued that his mental illness excused that conduct or was a mitigating factor


Law Society of New South Wales v PB Hocking [2017] NSWCATOD 19

3 March 2017

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE – Legal Profession – Liability as Principal for Conduct of Law Practice – Mishandling of Trust Money – Failing to Account for Funds Received – Misappropriation – Misleading Clients – Overcharging – Acting without Authority – Breaching Court Order – Misleading the Investigator - Professional Misconduct.


Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v De Marchi (Legal Practice) [2016] VCAT 2056

30 January 2017

SOLICITOR – PERSONAL INTEREST CONFLICT - Rules 12.4.1 and 12.4.2 ASCR. Failure to inform testator of provision in will entitling charging legal costs for administration of estate, failing to decline to act in drawing will where solicitor to be beneficiary.


Quinn v Legal Services Commissioner [2016] QCA 354

20 January 2017

PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – LAWYERS – UNQUALIFIED PERSONS AND DISQUALIFIED PRACTITIONERS – OTHER MATTERS


Legal Services Commissioner v CP Reeve [2016] QCAT 209

15 December 2016


Legal Services Commissioner v PE Scheiwe [2016] QCAT 414

1 December 2016


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