Grant Shand censured by Lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal
MEDIA RELEASE – For immediate use, 20 December 2013
Grant Shand censured by Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal
Auckland lawyer Grant Donald Richard Shand has been censured by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Mr Shand admitted a charge of negligence or incompetence in his professional capacity of such a degree as to tend to bring the profession into disrepute. The charge was brought by a Lawyers Standards Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.
The charge arose when a client of Mr Shand initially accepted a settlement offer of $120,000 in cash and $30,000 in instalments but then changed his mind and told Mr Shand he wanted to reject the offer.
Mr Shand devised a way to make the settlement proposal work and – although he persuaded himself he was acting within his instructions – he settled the matter without clearing it with his client. This was a surprise to his client, who thought he had rejected the settlement offer.
The Tribunal censured Mr Shand and ordered that he pay $1,900 of compensation, legal costs of $16,508 and hearing costs of $3,369.
New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore said it was a cardinal rule for all lawyers that they kept their clients fully informed and maintained a relationship of confidence and trust.
“The Lawyers Conduct and Client Care Rules state that the professional judgement of a lawyer must always be exercised within the professional obligations of the lawyer solely for the benefit of the client,” he said.