Date of decision Full name Decision Disciplinary action taken  
Full name Russell John Cole
Business address * 97 Dyson Road CHRISTIES BEACH SA 5165
Date(s) of admission 05 April 1976
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter 1. Failed to protect and act in the client’s best interests; 2. Failed to make notes or record advice the practitioner gave the client in relation to the client’s choice as to whether or not to give evidence; and 3. Failed to obtain signed instructions from the client as to whether he wanted to give evidence or remain silent.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 26 July 2022
Disciplinary action taken
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Conditions on Practising Certificate
  • Fine
  • Reprimand
Notes Fine amount $3,000.00.
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name William Chau
Business address * Suite 817, 147 Pirie Street ADELAIDE SA 5000
Date(s) of admission 14 April 2009
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Failure to deposit substantial amounts of trust money into a trust account
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 28 June 2022
Disciplinary action taken
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Conditions on Practising Certificate
  • Fine
  • Reprimand
  • Undertake training, education or counselling
Notes Fine of $9,000 to be paid in instalments over 24 months. Additional units of Mandatory Continuing Professional Education to be 3 units of training in trust accounting.
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name Stephen Patrick McNamara
Business address * C/- Department for Correctional Services
Date(s) of admission 07 February 1978
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Found guilty of a serious offence
Decision The Practitioner’s name be struck off the Roll of Legal Practitioners.
Date of decision 10 March 2022
Disciplinary action taken
  • Name removed from Roll of Legal Practitioners
  • Struck off
Notes
Regulatory authority Supreme Court
Appeal
Decision or order Link to published decision
Full name Ms Christie Lee Rigg
Business address * Level 3, 169 Fullarton Road DULWICH SA 5065
Date(s) of admission 21 September 2015
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter Lack of progress and communication regarding a deceased estate, failure to refund filing fee paid once instructions terminated.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 08 March 2022
Disciplinary action taken
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Fine
  • Make a payment
  • Order to apologise
  • Refrain from doing something
  • Reprimand
Notes Practitioner is to refrain from charging for any work done and is to refund the filing fee paid by the Complainant Executor. Additional Comments or instructions: The amount of the fine is $2 500.00.
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published
Full name David Luke Williams
Business address * 125 Lipson Street PORT ADELAIDE SA 5015
Date(s) of admission 11 October 2004
Jurisdiction(s) of admission
  • South Australia
Home jurisdiction * South Australia
Substance of Conduct Matter The Practitioner’s practising certificate expired on 30 June 2015. It has not been renewed since that time. The Practitioner admitted to having knowingly appeared for a client in the Magistrates Court and the District Court on 5 separate occasions between 21July 2015 and 4 November 2015 when he was not the holder of a practising certificate. By virtue of not holding a current practising certificate, the Practitioner also did not hold professional indemnity insurance for the relevant period. The Practitioner’s conduct was in breach of section 21 of the Legal Practitioner’s Act, 1981 which provides that a person must not practise the profession of the law, or hold himself or herself out as being entitled to practise the profession of the law, unless the person holds a practising certificate.
Decision Professional Misconduct
Date of decision 22 December 2021
Disciplinary action taken
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Refrain from doing something
  • Reprimand
Notes The Practitioner was reprimanded and ordered to refrain from making any application for a practising certificate in any jurisdiction for a period of 4 months from the date of the Commissioner’s Determination.
Regulatory authority Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
Appeal
Decision or order Decision not published