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Lawyer struck off roll

Shalveen Chand
Friday, August 01, 2014

THE Independent Legal Services Commission has ordered that the name of a legal practitioner be struck of the roll of practitioners held by the Chief Registrar for misappropriating money from a client's trust account.

Silika Waqaibitu was charged with two counts of professional misconduct to which she failed to respond.

The lawyer was given $23,000 to be kept in a trust account by a client who went for employment in Papua New Guinea.

The money was for mortgage repayment to HFC at $1000 a month on January 3 last year. The lawyer made payments until July of the year.

The client complained to the ILSC and the lawyer was asked to respond.

She told the ILSC that she had gone abroad to pursue education and the law firm operated by her was closed.

She said her staff had misappropriated $27,000 from three clients. After which there was no more communication to the client or to the ILSC.

Justice Paul Madigan said the first allegation against Ms Waqaibitu was proven by admission and documentation.








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