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    Ireland needs a revolution on white collar crime. The current system acts to facilitate such schemes. The Brits and Canadians are somewhat more effective but the Yanks are the leaders in the Anglosphere on this file. Their example should be studied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin Coir View Post
    Sean Quinn?


    Anglo financing Sean's gambling on CFD's has complicated ownership of assets but the upcoming case should solve it, does not help how the Quinns bought overseas assets hidden behind their kind of Trustees.

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    Irony is that Quinn bought some UK Insurance that covered solicitors who defaulted, that company went belly up,no UK insurer would touch it

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    Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan consents to freezing orders


    "Earlier on Wednesday, the judge was told by Nessa Bird BL, for the Society, it wanted the freezing and other orders as it is very concerned the deficit on the practice account may be almost €1m and is “increasing and increasing”.

    That €1m sum excluded refund by Mr O’Callaghan earlier this year of €344,000 in alleged “exorbitant” fees and costs taken from the estate of a bereaved child, plus his refund to some €80,000 to a widowed mother of three in alleged excessive fees, counsel said.

    The Society is very concerned some of the refunded monies appear to have come from the accounts of other clients, she added".




    The deficit keeps growing, this case will keep running and running.

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    Why was the freezing order not enacted long ago,something odd going on hwre. Peter Kelly says nothing is proven against him yet?

    More may come out. Same principle applies in a lot of cases, publicity etc encourages folk to look at past dealings with this firm.

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    I love the handwringing of the judge,

    It was “important” the court makes clear Mr O’Callaghan has asserted at all times he has conducted himself honestly, had at all times sought to act in the best interests of the clients of his firm and intends to personally make good any shortfalls which may be found in the practice and to ensure no client of the practice is at a loss.
    And his two daughters are partners cleaning up now, of course they knew nothing of the father's ways.

    On top of his "allowance" of €11600 per month, what salaries are they drawing down as partners?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardillaun View Post
    Ireland needs a revolution on white collar crime. The current system acts to facilitate such schemes. The Brits and Canadians are somewhat more effective but the Yanks are the leaders in the Anglosphere on this file. Their example should be studied.
    Paddy doesn't care less about White Collar crime, scamming is engrained in the Irish psyche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily Davison View Post
    - ... he's continunng to process a probate application

    - To get around his suspension he's got himself a power of attorney - clever Declan

    - And now he's acting legally because he's acting as an 'attorney' not a 'solictor' ...

    (His two daughters, solicitors) processed the probate case for their suspended father ...
    Are you sure? Whatt's your source?

    I'm surprised he'd be daft enough to do that', or that his daughters would cooperate in any such arrangement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanley View Post
    Suspended solicitor Declan O’Callaghan consents to freezing orders

    "Earlier on Wednesday, the judge was told by Nessa Bird BL, for the Society, it wanted the freezing and other orders as it is very concerned the deficit on the practice account may be almost €1m and is “increasing and increasing”.

    That €1m sum excluded refund by Mr O’Callaghan earlier this year of €344,000 in alleged “exorbitant” fees and costs taken from the estate of a bereaved child, plus his refund to some €80,000 to a widowed mother of three in alleged excessive fees, counsel said.

    The Society is very concerned some of the refunded monies appear to have come from the accounts of other clients, she added".

    The deficit keeps growing, this case will keep running and running.
    The respectful tone of the judge may be legally appropriate but sounds a bit out of place as an incident of potentially historic proportions unfolds. Is there intense activity beneath the surface or are things as bizarrely laid back as they appear to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardillaun View Post
    In fairness, my own family had a great solicitor, no longer with us, in our small town. He was comically strict on the rectitude angle. The only lad in our class who chose that path was also like that even in school. It only takes a few bad apples...
    On that point I would agree. I've had dealings with a number of solicitors (including one who is now a district judge) and they were all decent and scrupulously honest. Funnily though, a couple of years ago, I was talking to a man originally from the West of Ireland who related a number of horror stories about an unidentified lawyer. It wouldn't surprise me if it's the same guy. The number of bad apples might be very small - maybe only one in that region. But any others, wherever they are can't be sleeping easily these days.

    More detail today

    O’Callaghan took money from accounts of dead clients to shore up firm

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