Date of decision Full name Decision Disciplinary action taken  
Full name Alfonso Paul Strappazzon
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
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
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
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Conditions on Practising Certificate
  • Order to apologise
  • Reprimand
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
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
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Fine
  • Order to apologise
  • Refrain from doing something
  • Reprimand
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
Business address * Andersons Solicitors, Shop 7, Southgate Plaza Shopping Centre, 90-108 Sheriffs Road, MORPHETT VALE SA 5162
Date(s) of admission 16 December 2002, 01 November 1986
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
  • Multiple Disciplinary Action
  • Enter into a Professional Mentoring Agreement
  • Fine
  • Reprimand
  • Suspension of Practising Certificate
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