A SUVA lawyer who hopes to pursue a political career has had his practising certificate suspended for two years by the Independent Legal Services Commission for failing to establish a trust account.
Jolame Uludole was also fined $3000 and publicly reprimanded.
The Chief Registrar had written to the commission alleging two counts of professional misconduct — on the first, Mr Uludole allegedly did not have a trust account while operating as legal practitioner Jolame Uludole Barristers and Solicitors between October 11, 2012 and May 19, 2013; on the second, Mr Uludole allegedly did not have a trust account while representing Edmund March between June and July last year.
Both allegations are violations of the Trust Accounts Decree which states all legal firms must have a trust account.
Mr Uludole admitted the allegations in his first appearance before the commission. Commissioner Justice Paul Madigan, in his judgement, said Mr Uludole appeared to be naÃ¯ve in his view that he could practise without a trust account, and if not naÃ¯ve then reckless.