Date of decision Full name Decision Disciplinary action taken  
Full name Matthew Peter Thompson
Date of birth 30 November -0001
Business address * Level 1, 447 Morphett Street ADELAIDE SA 5000
Date(s) of admission 12 February 2001
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter 1. By Determination dated 20 May 2020, the Commissioner took certain disciplinary action against the Practitioner, including an order that the Practitioner apologise to persons affected by his conduct that was the subject of that Determination. 2. The Practitioner did not strictly comply with the requirements of the Determination in that respect. 3. The Practitioner’s conduct in not complying with the terms of that Determination amounted to professional misconduct by virtue of section 77J(10) of the Legal Practitioners Act.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 12 January 2021
Disciplinary action taken
  • Reprimand
Notes
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name Amanda Louise Gregory
Date of birth 09 September 1970
Business address * 9 King William Road UNLEY SA 5061
Date(s) of admission 06 April 1999
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter In relation to the administration of a deceased estate of which she was the sole executor, the Practitioner: • failed to maintain an adequate record of the instructions of the testator; • inappropriately charged to the estate, without proper entitlement and/or authority, her professional fees and certain expenses to personally travel overseas to deliver the ashes of the deceased to his country of birth; and • (by reason of that inappropriate charging) breached the fiduciary obligations she owed to the estate as solicitor/executor to act in the best interest of the estate.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 18 November 2020
Disciplinary action taken
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Conditions on Practising Certificate
  • Make a payment
  • Reprimand
Notes The Commissioner ordered the Practitioner to: • undertake 3 specific units of professional development; and • repay $10,000 to the residuary beneficiaries of the deceased estate. The Practitioner has also given undertakings that restrict, for a period of 3 years, the type of work the Practitioner can undertake as an executor.
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name Anthony Waldon Olds
Date of birth 31 May 1968
Business address * Andrew Hill & Co, 2 Doctors Rd, Hackham SA 5163
Date(s) of admission 16 December 1991
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Contravention of Order as to training/education made by the Commissioner on 25 February 2019.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 26 October 2020
Disciplinary action taken
  • Reprimand
Notes
Regulatory authority
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name Benjamin Johns
Date of birth 04 February 1977
Business address * 18 Victor Avenue, Woodville West SA 5008
Date(s) of admission 12 October 2020, 11 February 2002
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Falsifying a document (Application for Warrant)
Decision Practitioner admitted
Date of decision 12 October 2020
Disciplinary action taken
  • Struck off and Re-admitted
Notes Re-admitted subject to conditions: 1. Applicant subject to a period of supervised practice for five years; and 2. In the period of supervised practice the Applicant disclose the circumstances of his removal from the Roll of practitioners and subsequent re-admission to all of his employers.
Regulatory authority Supreme Court
Appeal
Decision or order Link to published decision
Full name David Fullerton Cleland
Date of birth 24 April 1945
Business address * 123 Wright Street ADELADE SA 5000
Date(s) of admission
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter In preparing a will for an elderly relative, the Practitioner engaged in a course of conduct from October 2014-December 2014 involving the failure to comply with his professional obligations. The Practitioner was found guilty of seven counts of professional misconduct including: breaching his fiduciary duty to his client as he preferred his interests to those of his client; placing himself in a position of conflict by preparing wills for and on behalf of his client when he was both executor and beneficiary; not obtaining informed consent from his client; not assessing his client’s testamentary capacity; and not ensuring his client sought and obtained independent legal advice. The Tribunal found that he engaged in that conduct in circumstances in which failing to honour his obligations could have meant there could have been challenges to each of the wills.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 09 October 2020
Disciplinary action taken
  • Recommend that proceedings be commenced in the Supreme Court
Notes Matter currently referred to the Full Court of the Supreme Court for consideration of the appropriate disciplinary action.
Regulatory authority Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
Appeal