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One month suspension for Robert John Latton

24 May 2017

Auckland barrister Robert John Latton has been suspended for one month commencing on 29 May 2017 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Mr Latton admitted a charge of misconduct before the Tribunal.

This arose in circumstances where his client instructed him to send a letter proposing terms of settlement to the opposing party in litigation. Some weeks later when his client asked about the letter and whether there had been a response, Mr Latton deceived his client. In two emails to the client he represented that he had sent the letter when he had not.

He also backdated a draft letter from a version that had been sent to him by his instructing solicitor, and showed this to the client.

Mr Latton apologised for his actions and undertook to enter into a mentoring arrangement with a senior lawyer for a period of 12 months.

The Tribunal also imposed a censure, fine of $7,000 and ordered Mr Latton to pay costs to the New Zealand Law Society and to reimburse the costs of the hearing.

Last updated on the 24th May 2017