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Disciplinary Action Register

 Pursuant to Section 541 of the Legal Profession Act

Date of decision Name of practitioner Business address and home jurisdiction (if known) Date and jurisdiction of admission Nature of conduct Penalty imposed
12/09/2008 Mr Ian Rowbottom

Level 5, Old Admiralty Towers, 68 Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800

NT Jurisdiction

6 February 1996 in Northern Territory

Findings of professional misconduct

Reasons for decision

Consequential orders on penalty for professional misconduct

Practicing certificate cancelled and practitioner not to be granted a practicing certificate for 6 months

Practitioner to complete and pass ethics course

27/04/2009 Ms Asha McLaren GPO Box 4157, Darwin NT 0801

NT Jurisdiction

9 March 1983 in Northern Territory

Findings of professional misconduct

Reasons for decision

Reasons for penalty

Appeal decision

Practitioner to complete courses

Fine of 150 penalty units

Practitioner to apologise

07/05/2011 Mr Thong Sum Lee 25 Lindsay St, Darwin NT 0800 (former)

Original admission: 28 May 1976 in New South Wales

Also admitted in Northern Territory

Findings of professional misconduct

Public reprimand

Fine of $10,000.00

24/12/2014 Mr Michael Freeland Level 1, 20 Knuckey St, Darwin NT 0800 (former)

Original admission: 2 August 2002 in Tasmania

Also admitted in Northern Territory on 29 October 2002

Findings of professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct

Reasons for decision

Reasons for penalty

Practicing certificate not to be granted for 12 months

Practitioner not to be issued with an unrestricted PC until 2 years supervised practice completed

30/08/2019 Ms Vanessa Marie Farmer

22 Harry Chan Ave, Darwin NT 0800

NT Jurisdiction

2 February 1999 in Northern Territory

Findings of professional misconduct

Reasons for decision

Reasons for penalty

Public reprimand in respect of each charge

Fine of $15,000

Complete further legal education in the areas of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Practice Management, course not exceeding one day or equivalent online program

Transfer trust money to the complainant within 7 days

18 June 2020 Mr Geoffrey Robert Clift

26 Harry Chan Ave, Darwin NT 0800 (former)

NT jurisdiction

Original admission: 21 February 1983 in Tasmania

Also admitted in Northern Territory on 9 July 1984 and South Australia on 6 May 1991

Findings of professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct

Reasons for decision

Public reprimand

PC not to be granted for 8 months

 

Public Reprimands

Pursuant to s.499 of the Legal Profession Act 2006, where the Society after completion of the investigation of a complaint determines that there is a reasonable likelihood that a practitioner will be found guilty by the Disciplinary Tribunal of either unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct, the Society may issue the practitioner with a public reprimand.

A public reprimand is not 'disciplinary action' within the meaning of s.540 of the Legal Profession Act but the Council of the Society has resolved that details relating to the reprimand will be made public by being published on the Society's website, and that details will remain available for 12 months from the date on which the reprimand was imposed by the Society. Details can be found by clicking on the link below.

Download Register of Public Reprimands

Last modified: 20/08/2020 10:00 AM

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