Hart guilty of professional misconduct
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 6:00p.m.
Prominent Auckland defence lawyer Barry Hart has been found guilty of professional misconduct for overcharging clients.
The Lawyers and Conveyances Disciplinary Tribunal found that Mr Hart's $35,000 fee was "gross overcharging".
In the decision released on Thursday, the tribunal said Mr Hart was entitled to charge a high rate for his experience, but the figures were more than double the amount he should have charged.
The tribunal also found Mr Hart failed to tell clients about his fees, APNZ reports.
The decision comes after a hearing at Auckland District Court last month.
Mr Hart has represented high profile criminals such as Samurai sword attacker and convicted killer Antonie Dixon and career criminal Arthur Taylor.
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6/08/2012 12:37:02 p.m.
The only thing that you can take to your grave is your integrity. Money is valueless when weighed against reputation. How sad.
5/08/2012 9:59:48 a.m.
I find it strange that Brent Stanaway was allowed to sit on the panel especially when he currently has a complaint against him for conspiring to pervert the course of justice when he claimed to have dislcosed some 60 documents to a tribunal that the police have admitted did not exist.
The police have also confirmed that other documemnts that did exist despite Stanaway making formal memorandums and arguement to the tribunal stating that they did not exist.
Commissioner Marshall and Deputy Commissioner Bush are aware of this and have refused to have the matter investigated as up to 20 police staff are involved who have also claimed to have seen the 60 plus documents that do not exist
2/08/2012 7:52:42 p.m.
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