So­lic­i­tor guilty of mis­con­duct

Bray People - - News -

A BRAY so­lic­i­tor who lost his client’s file and pa­pers has been or­dered to pay €7,500 to a com­pen­sa­tion fund af­ter be­ing found guilty of mis­con­duct by a dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal.

Michael O’Lough­lin, prac­tic­ing in the firm MDO’Lough­lin & Com­pany Solic­i­tors, Park­lands Of­fice Park, was also or­dered to pay costs of the Law So­ci­ety of Ire­land in­clud­ing wit­nesses’ ex­penses by the Solic­i­tors Dis­ci­plinary Tri­bunal on Oc­to­ber 16 of last year.

The tri­bunal found that O’Lough­lin had mis­rep­re­sented to the com­plainant that he had re­ceived an of­fer of set­tle­ment of €7,500 plus costs from Ul­ster Bank ‘when in fact he had re­ceived no such of­fer.’

He ad­vised the com­plainant to ac­cept the of­fer of set­tle­ment and ‘os­ten­si­bly to com­pro­mise his claim,’ ac­cord­ing to the tri­bunal.

The tri­bunal fur­ther found that O’Lough­lin had mis­laid and lost the com­plainant’s file and pa­pers re­lat­ing to the action and mis­rep­re­sented to the com­plainant that he was pro­gress­ing the action and await­ing a court date, when in fact he had lost the file and not pro­gressed the action other than to is­sue and serve a civil bill.

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