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  • lawyer appears before disciplinary tribunal

    A high-profile Auckland lawyer has appeared before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland today facing numerous charges of inaccurate legal aid invoicing.

    Charl Hirschfeld is facing more than 10 charges brought by the Wellington Standards Committee.

    Mr Hirschfeld has numerously featured in the top five of the "legal aid rich list" and earned $2.8 million in the 18 months to December 31, 2007, according to figures released under the Official Information Act.

    In the last year, Hirschfeld netted $3.2 million in legal aid money. That is higher than his bills in previous years - $2.2 million in 2009, $1.9 million in 2008 and $1.7 million in 2007. The total for just the last four years is nearly $9 million. He has been doing legal aid work for at least 10 years.

    Hirschfeld is not the first high-profile legal aid lawyer to be investigated.Last year an inquiry into Chris Comeskey saw him suspended for nine months for false invoicing.

    More recently Mr Hirschfeld, he has appeared for disgraced lawyer Davina Murray and alleged victims of the 2007 Urewera terror raids.The charges against Mr Hirschfeld are expected to be finalised today.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. golfa's Avatar
      golfa -
      Caught with his snout in the trough.
    1. Corrigenda's Avatar
      Corrigenda -
    1. Corrigenda's Avatar
      Corrigenda -
      When are we going to hear the decision about Donna Hall regarding her appearance before them??
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