Solicitor Patrick Delaney suspended from practising

All bank dealings frozen by president of High Court

High Court president, Mr Justice Peter Kelly,  directed that all monies held in any bank account relating to Patrick Delaney Solicitors should be paid to the Law Society of Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke

High Court president, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, directed that all monies held in any bank account relating to Patrick Delaney Solicitors should be paid to the Law Society of Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke

 

Castleknock solicitor Patrick Delaney, who was stated to have failed to co-operate with an investigation of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland, was on Monday suspended from practising as a solicitor.

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly also made orders freezing all bank dealings in the name of Patrick Delaney Solicitors, Parkside House, Castleknock, or in the name of his former company, P Delaney and Company, Solicitors.

The president directed that all monies held in any bank account relating to both companies should be paid to the Law Society and that all documents and computer codes be made available to the society to assist in its inquiries.

The judge said that investigating accountant Rory O’Neill had been appointed to conduct an investigation in relation to the affairs of Mr Delaney’s companies and had informed the court as to the history and success of his inquiry to date.

The court had heard of Law Society concerns in respect of several different clients and the factual background giving rise to those concerns. Mr Delaney had previously been called upon to make files available to Mr O’Neill but had not done so.

The judge said two specific matters had been drawn to the society’s attention in the form of complaints where clients had raised concerns in relation to the non-closure of a €120,000 mortgage and in the second case about an estate of €248,000.

The judge said he was satisfied Mr Delaney had been served with a motion before the court seeking to suspend him forthwith from acting as a solicitor. He had not turned up before a committee of the society and again had not attended court today.

The judge said he was directing that Mr Delaney be suspended forthwith in order to protect members of the public and existing clients of Mr Delaney. He also directed that anyone with notice of the making of the court orders give the Law Society access to Mr Delaney’s offices forthwith.