An Interesting Case

“Schlock”?Jock Anderson at NBR reports on an interesting name suppression case.

Suppression protects high profile over-charging lawyer

A ?high profile? Auckland crime barrister found guilty by the Law Society of over-charging a client wants the High Court to keep his name secret.

Lawyers in the case refused to give ?National Business Review details of the complaint against the so far un-identified barrister ? referred to as ?B? ? but his lawyer Greg King let his name slip a couple of times ?in open court.

Mr King said the person who complained to the law society – who didn?t oppose continued name suppression – ?didn?t want to rub ?B?s? nose it, he just wanted his money back.?

The law society?s Auckland standards committee earlier ruled the barrister should be publicly identified after finding him guilty of unsatisfactory behaviour.

The committee suppressed the barrister?s name to allow for a High Court judicial review by Chief High Judge Helen Winkelmann and Justice Rodney Hansen, who reserved their decision.

Mr King said there would by wide publication if the lawyer was named and argued that because the lawyer was ?high profile? the effect on his reputation of naming him would outweigh his offending.

Justice Hansen said he did not necessarily find the ?high profile? argument persuasive, while Justice Winkelman said having a ?high profile? sometimes ?favoured publication.

Just before the hearing began lawyer Barry Hart, who has been assisting in the case, came to the court with a file of up to date documents for Mr King.

Way to go Jock. Awesome.