20 Apr 2012

Order for Treaty claims lawyer to answer conflict case

7:36 pm on 20 April 2012

The body that keeps the legal profession in line has found there is enough evidence for a case to be taken against a Treaty of Waitangi claims lawyer over allegations of a conflict of interest.

Donna Hall is accused of acting on behalf of the vendor and the buyer of land without telling either party.

The Law Society has charged her with negligence or incompetence, which has brought her profession into disrepute.

Ms Hall denies the charge and plans to consider an appeal against the decision that there is a case to answer.

But the body handling the matter, the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal, says while an appeal is an option, it is expected that the case will go ahead sooner rather than later.

The tribunal has a range of powers to punish those in the legal profession - one of which is striking off lawyers.