Date of decision Full name Decision Disciplinary action taken
Full name John Walsh of Brannagh
Date of birth
Business address * 205 William Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Date(s) of admission 01 October 1982
Jurisdiction(s) of admission Victoria
Home jurisdiction * Victoria
Substance of Conduct Matter Misleading Court, Misleading LPCB
Decision Unsatisfactory Conduct re: misleading the Court and Unprofessional Conduct re: misleading LPCB
Date of decision 11 May 2017
Disciplinary action taken Recommend that proceedings be commenced in the Supreme Court
Notes Two years between findings and penalty decision due to appeals filed in the Supreme Court.
Regulatory authority Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
Appeal
Full name Alfonso Paul Strappazzon
Date of birth 31 October 1954
Business address * 15 Brougham Place, Alberton SA 5014
Date(s) of admission 03 April 1978
Jurisdiction(s) of admission South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Swearing a misleading affidavit, taking a client's affidavit without proper formalities, failing to prosecute clients' claims, failing to communicate with clients.
Decision Unprofessional Conduct (multiple counts)
Date of decision 12 April 2017
Disciplinary action taken Recommend that proceedings be commenced in the Supreme Court
Notes Practitioner has indicated his consent to an application to strike off his name from the Roll of Practitioners.
Regulatory authority Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
Appeal
Decision or order Link to published decision
Full name Fadi Semaan
Date of birth 03 September 1983
Business address * Not currently practising
Date(s) of admission 06 February 2012
Jurisdiction(s) of admission South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter The Practitioner provided a falsified academic transcript to a law firm in order to obtain employment.
Decision Unprofessional Conduct
Date of decision 10 February 2017
Disciplinary action taken Struck off
Notes
Regulatory authority Supreme Court of South Australia
Appeal
Decision or order Link to published decision
Full name Alfonso Paul Strappazzon
Date of birth 31 October 1954
Business address * 15 Brougham Place, Alberton SA 5014
Date(s) of admission 03 April 1978
Jurisdiction(s) of admission South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Failure to prosecute client's claim, allowing it to become out of time, failure to communicate with client.
Decision Unprofessional Conduct & Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 20 December 2016
Disciplinary action taken Reprimand
Order to apologise
Conditions on Practising Certificate
Notes Condition on Practising Certificate requiring Practitioner to undertake further education and training if he applies to renew or obtain a Practising Certificate at any time after 30 June 2017
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name Kathleen Anne Chambers
Date of birth 22 May 1960
Business address * KC Lawyers, Unit 2, 196 Main Road, Blackwood SA 5051
Date(s) of admission 12 May 1994
Jurisdiction(s) of admission South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Failed to communicate with her client in a timely and professional fashion. Terminated her client's retainer without reasonable excuse. Failed to release her client's file to his new solicitor in a timely fashion. Failed to follow her client's instructions to file a Notice of Dispute with the Workers Compensation Tribunal. Made a false statement to her client's new solicitor that she did not hold any documents on behalf of her client, when she did.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 07 December 2016
Disciplinary action taken Reprimand
Order to apologise
Fine
Refrain from doing something
Notes Fined $7,500.00. Ordered to apologise to client and client's new solicitor. Ordered to refrain from charging her client any legal costs in excess of what she could recover from ReturnToWork (SA).
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published