Limerick solicitor censured by disciplinary tribunal

OUTSPOKEN solicitor John Devane has been censured after he was found guilty of four counts of professional misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal.

OUTSPOKEN solicitor John Devane has been censured after he was found guilty of four counts of professional misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal.

Mr Devane, 49, whose offices are located at Quinlan Street, Limerick was found not guilty of another seven counts following a complaint which was made against him by his former client, Mary Kelly.

Mr Devane was found guilty of failing to provide Ms Kelly with details of the case against her and with failing to provide her with a bill of costs in relation to judicial review proceedings.

He was also found guilty of claiming to exercise a hold on her case files and with failing to hand over the files to her.

However, he was found not guilty of seven other allegations - including that he breached client confidentiality and that he verbally threatened Ms Kelly.

Afterwards Mr Devane, who was ordered to pay €7,500 to the Law Society, told the Irish Independent it was a blot on his copybook but that he was “extremely happy” as the more serious allegations were rejected by the tribunal.