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Auckland lawyer struck off

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/07/2016

An Auckland lawyer who has been practising for nearly 30 years has been struck off after taking a $10,000 family legacy.

Mary Hackshaw failed to respond to disciplinary charges and appeared before the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal on Friday.

As part of her administration of a legacy Hackshaw was required to hold $10,000 in trust with annual interest being paid to the son of the deceased.

Hackshaw made interest payments for six years but then took the $10,000 through a series of withdrawals before closing the trust account when she sold her practice.

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found she misappropriated about $10,000 and this amounted to misconduct.

She was struck off the roll, ordered to pay compensation of $10,000 to the estate and to pay the New Zealand Law Society costs of $10,518 and also to reimburse the costs of the hearing.

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