Solicitor loses legal action over supervision

A solicitor with a “very bad record” of professional misconduct has failed in the High Court to overturn a decision that he can only practice under the supervision of another solicitor.

John Condon, who has been a solicitor for 35 years and is principal of McMahon and Tweedy, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, challenged a Law Society committee’s requirement that his practising certificate for 2016 would only be issued on the basis of him being supervised by a lawyer of 10 years standing.

He claimed he did not require supervision at all and that he had been given no opportunity to make submissions to the society’s complaints and clients relation committee before it imposed the condition.

He asked High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly to overturn the decision.

The judge, who described Mr Condon as having a very bad record with no fewer than eight findings of misconduct against him between 2010 and 2015 yestersday said the decision was “fully justified”. The findings resulted in him been censured on seven occasions and admonished on the eight.

Mr Justice Kelly rejected all Mr Condon’s complaints about the way the Law Society committee treated him.

The judge said he hoped this would be the final chapter in this “saga of litigation” and told Mr Condon he would be well advised to co-operate with the supervisory regime.


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