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Tuesday 17 October 2017

My proud record remains unblemished, claims Kean

CELEBRITY lawyer Gerald Kean has said he is "proud" of what he claimed is an "unblemished record" of service to clients.

Mr Kean made his remarks in the wake of the High Court's dismissal of his appeal against a finding of professional misconduct.

High Court President Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns upheld a finding of professional misconduct made by a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) against Mr Kean over his handling of a case brought by Christopher O'Neill.

In his ruling, the judge said the SDT had "ample evidence to support its conclusions" about Mr Kean, and its findings "could not be considered irrational, speculative or in any other way lacking a proper foundation".

However, the court said it would not impose the fine of €20,000 recommended by the SDT. The judge said the finding of misconduct against Mr Kean was a harsh enough penalty.

Mr Kean, had disputed the findings against him and denied misconduct.

The Law Society opposed the appeal and argued the SDT's findings should be upheld.

Mr Kean thanked "the thousands of people who have contacted myself and or my office" for their support.

The SDT made findings last May in relation to three allegations against Mr Kean but not in relation to several other complaints made by Mr O'Neill.

misled

The findings against Mr Kean arose from complaints made by Mr O'Neill, of Drumsna in Leitrim, that Mr Kean knowingly misled him into believing the solicitor had put in a defence to a District Court debt case against him [O'Neill] by Ballycotton Marine Services Ltd.

The SDT upheld Mr O'Neill's complaints that Mr Kean knowingly misled him.

The SDT also found the solicitor failed to lodge an appeal against the decree and misled Mr O'Neill into believing such an appeal was lodged.

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