Solicitor's licence suspended

A BALLINA solicitor has had his licence to practice law suspended following action from the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner.

The practising certificate of Ballina solicitor Mark Joseph Flynn has been suspended until June 30.

Without a current certificate, Mr Flynn is unable to provide legal services.

A Law Society resolution in January resulted in Richard Gerard Flynn (no relation to Mark Joseph Flynn) being appointed to take charge of the practice.

Following this the society ruled recently that Mark Joseph Flynn was "not a fit and proper person to hold a legal practising certificate".

The council determined Mr Flynn had "misled or attempted to mislead the court" by appending "the signature of a witness to a document and in doing so, purported to have signed the document before the said witness".

The Legal Services Commissioner had previously taken action against Mr Flynn in July 2007.

On that occasion the commissioner fined and publicly reprimanded Mr Flynn after it ruled he had acted without instructions, appropriated trust funds without actual authority and falsely attested documents.

Clients of Mr Flynn who are concerned about their affairs are advised to contact the practice manager.

Anything held in trust in the practice is protected.

The Northern Star has been unable to contact Mark Joseph Flynn for comment.



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