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Dunedin City Councillor and former lawyer Michael Guest has confirmed he will apply, on Monday, to have his name restored to the New Zealand Law Society's roll of legal professionals.
Mr Guest was "struck off" in 2001 for professional misconduct after the society's Disciplinary Tribunal determined he had taken $75,000 from a client's trust account when he was only entitled to $50,000.
The process of applying for restoration changed at the beginning of this month and, instead of making the application to the Otago Law Society, Mr Guest will make his case to the national body at a tribunal hearing.
He will probably be required to appear in person.
Mr Guest said yesterday he expected the process would take two or three months.
It is understood about two or three similar applications are made nationally each year.