CITY solicitor Elizabeth McGrath was one of two Limerick solicitors struck off by the High Court this week, as a result of eight complaints of misconduct.
Solicitor Aiden Barry, of Bank Place, was struck off by Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, after a barrister for the Law Society described his conduct as “disgraceful”.
Meanwhile, the Limerick Leader has learned that Ms McGrath, practising at O’Connell McGrath Solicitors, Athlunkard Street, was investigated by the Law Society Tribunal in October of last year.
The tribunal found her guilty of misconduct in respect of eight complaints, set out in a sworn affidavit in June 2012, which were the subject of her being struck off the roll of solicitors this week by the High Court.
Findings of misconduct were also made against her in 2010.
The complaints were:
- Allowed a minimum deficit of €80,000 on her client account - September 30, 2011.
- Allowed this deficit to increase to €91,026.44, as of December 20, 2011.
- Allowed client ledger deficit balances amounting to €66,565.49 to arise, as of September 30, 2011
- Made payments of €40,082.28 from the client account for wages and drawing and other business expenses to up September 30, 2011.
- Made further payments of €4,714.11 in respect of wages, drawings and office expenses from the client account in October 2011.
- Made further payments of €4,411.74 for wages, drawings and other office expenses drawn from client account in November 2011.
- Retained €16,450 in the client account in respect of stamp duty which should have been paid in March 2010, and left the deed unstamped.
- Transferred one round sum of €12,500 to the office account in respect of costs and disbursed the VAT element of some costs from the client account.