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.