Auckland lawyer struck off for overcharging

Auckland lawyer Eion Castles has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors for overcharging clients.

Mr Castles was found guilty of three charges of professional misconduct, one of conduct unbecoming and one of negligence and "incompetence of such a degree as to reflect on his fitness to practise or tend to bring his profession into disrepute."

In November the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Castles guilty of overcharging. His fees totaled $943,721.54 when a fair and reasonable fee was only $462,000, the tribunal found.

At today’s penalty hearing, the tribunal ordered him to be struck off.

In addition to an apology, Mr Castles was ordered to reduce his fees to $462,000 and refund his former clients $482,721.

In a statement Law Society President Chris Moore says Mr Castles had breached two of the fundamental obligations, which all lawyers were required to uphold.

“Mr Castles has let the legal profession down by his gross overcharging and also by failing to communicate clearly and openly with his clients,” Mr Moore said.

The tribunal has delivered a strong message about the standards expected of the legal profession, he says.


Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7188 0.0000 0.00%
AUD 0.9481 0.0000 0.00%
EUR 0.6451 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.5452 0.0000 0.00%
HKD 5.5895 0.0000 0.00%
JPY 73.1040 0.0000 0.00%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1349.0 16.400 2016-07-29T00:
Oil Brent 43.5 -1.170 2016-07-29T00:
Oil Nymex 41.6 0.430 2016-07-29T00:
Silver Index 20.3 0.155 2016-07-29T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 7306.4 7357.7 7306.4 0.57%
NASDAQ 5162.1 5175.8 5155.0 0.14%
DAX 10320.8 10355.3 10274.9 0.61%
DJI 18442.5 18466.5 18456.3 -0.13%
FTSE 6721.1 6740.5 6721.1 0.05%
HKSE 22056.0 22152.8 22174.3 -1.28%
NI225 16359.7 16679.2 16476.8 0.56%
ASX 5556.6 5570.4 5556.6 0.10%