Guest applies to return to law

Michael Guest.
Michael Guest.
Former district court judge Michael Guest has applied to practise law again.

A notice placed by the New Zealand Law Society in Law Talk magazine called for any objections to Mr Guest's application, or to any of the other named applicants.

The cut-off date for objections was last Thursday, but law society regulatory general manager Mary Olivier declined to say, when contacted, whether Mr Guest's application drew objections.

The former Dunedin City councillor was denied a practising certificate in 2010 by the law society, and the decision was upheld by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

In 2009, he was reinstated to the High Court's roll of barristers and solicitors, but without a practising certificate could not provide services in certain areas of law.

Mr Guest declined to comment on the new application when contacted at his home in Wanaka yesterday.

He was struck off in 2001. He was found guilty on two counts of professional misconduct for lying to a client and taking from her $25,000 more for costs than he was entitled to. Mrs Olivier said she could not comment on Mr Guest's application.

''Depending on whether or not any objections come dictates what the next process is.

''Where there are objections, they may go to one of our practice approval committees.

''I can't confirm or deny whether Mr Guest's application would go through that committee, because I don't think that decision's been made, and in any event it would be confidential if it had been made.''

eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz

'Trust me, I'm a . . . '

"[L]aw society regulatory general manager Mary Olivier declined to say, when contacted, whether Mr Guest's application drew objections."  When we the public learn whether it did or not will without doubt tell us something important about how other lawyers regard the quality of trustworthiness.  Is integrity high on the list of must-haves, in the legal profession?

Free advice to Michael

Mr Guest would be best advised to withdraw his application and continue to lie low in Wanaka.  Best for all I would have thought.

Michael Guest

Mwah ha ha ha ha!  It's not April 1st is it?

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