Date of decision Full name Decision Disciplinary action taken
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 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
Full name David Vahid Humphrey
Date of birth 16 February 1962
Business address * Andersons Solicitors, Shop 7, Southgate Plaza Shopping Centre, 90-108 Sheriffs Road, MORPHETT VALE SA 5162
Date(s) of admission 01 November 1986
16 December 2002
Jurisdiction(s) of admission Interstate
South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter The practitioner was the executor/trustee of a deceased estate. He had overcharged the estate nearly $20,000 for his legal work on the estate. The practitioner failed to reimburse that amount to the estate within a reasonable period from when he became aware of the overcharge. The practitioner intermixed monies in his own account with trust monies of the estate in breach of clause 21 of schedule 2 of the Legal Practitioners Act. The practitioner intentionally and/or recklessly misled the Commissioner by representing to the Commissioner that the practitioner had refunded that amount to the estate when he had not done so.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 06 December 2016
Disciplinary action taken Reprimand
Fine
Suspension of Practising Certificate
Enter into a Professional Mentoring Agreement
Notes The practitioner was fined $10,000. The practitioner was ordered to enter into a Professional Mentoring Agreement. The practitioner's Practising Certificate was suspended for a period of 6 weeks, from 25 February 2017 to 8 April 2017.
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name Benedict Battiste
Date of birth 15 June 1950
Business address * 33 Northcote Street, Torrensville SA 5031
Date(s) of admission 06 December 1999
Jurisdiction(s) of admission South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter In certain conveyancing matters in which the Practitioner acted for a purchaser,the Practitioner had the purchaser pay money into his trust account on account of stamp duty and registration fees. But, because the Practitioner didn't have a Revnet account, he paid those funds from his trust account to a conveyancer who then arranged for those fees to be paid from his Revnet account. Although the Practitioner obtained his client's verbal authority to do so, he did not obtain their written authority as required by Regulation 23 of the Legal Practitioners Regulations 2014.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 30 November 2016
Disciplinary action taken Reprimand
Notes
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published