Banned lawyer Sammy Bektas has own name removed from legal practitioners roll

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Sammy Bektas, a personal injury lawyer who was recently banned from practising law for four years has had his own name removed from the roll of legal practitioners. How funny! About 80 injured workers complaints involved excessive overcharging, improper dealings with trust money, poor cost disclosure and billing practices, poor conduct, undue pressure over costs and requests for itemised bills, and inadequate provision of advice and explanations to clients on the part of Sammy Bektas!

Banned solicitor Sammy Bektas has own name removed from legal practitioners roll

Banned solicitor applies to be struck off the legal roll

Sammy Bektas, a former Melbourne personal injuries solicitor from Victorian Compensation Lawyers, can no longer work as a lawyer.

He applied to the Supreme Court to have his name struck off, a move fully supported by Victoria’s legal services commissioner and CEO of the Legal Services Board, Michael McGarvie.

Mr Bektas had his practising certificate cancelled in 2013 after being found guilty of eight counts of professional misconduct and five counts of unsatisfactory professional conduct.

The charges related to around 80 client complaints involving excessive overcharging, improper dealings with trust money, poor cost disclosure and billing practices, poor conduct towards his clients, undue pressure over costs and requests for itemised bills, and inadequate provision of advice and explanations to clients.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruled at the time that Bektas’ practising certificate be cancelled for four years and that any future practising certificate he applied for be subject to strict conditions, including that he be prohibited from running a law firm for a period of two years.

Mr Bektas was also ordered to pay $200,000 of the Commissioner’s costs.

Mr McGarvie said that although the complaints did not involve allegations of fraud or dishonesty, the volume and their seriousness justified Mr Bektas’ removal from the roll.

“Mr Bektas’ application has achieved the greatest public protection possible. It also protects the complainants from the strain of a drawn-out investigation and prosecution process and saves considerable court time,” he said.

“There is a lesson here for all lawyers: clients are entitled to know in advance what their legal work will cost them and what their rights are, and lawyers must be fair in what they charge.”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye accepted Mr Bektas’ application and ordered his name be removed from the roll of legal practitioners.

Mr Bektas also agreed to pay compensation to certain affected clients.

The judge commended both the commissioner and Mr Bektas on the sensible way the application was conducted.

[Source: Lawyers Weekly – 12 March 2015: http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/16262-banned-solicitor-applies-to-be-struck-off-the-legal-roll?utm_source=lawyersweekly&utm_campaign=lawyersweekly_Bulletin12_03_2015&utm_medium=email]

 

Good riddance we say!



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4 Responses to “Banned lawyer Sammy Bektas has own name removed from legal practitioners roll”

  1. Remember too that Sammy the Rogue threatened aworkcovervictimsdiary with a defamation lawsuit, for publishing very concerning complaints about him.
    In my injured opinion this man should be in jail, at least for some time as to reflect on the serious insult to injury he added to so many vulnerable injured workers.

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    • Hi, in 2010 I was told to see a workers compensation lawyer due to my work injury and subsequent surgery. I went to see VCL to discuss my injury, I wasn’t too impressed with S B the 1st time I saw him. He seemed fake from the start saying all the things they want you to hear and how hard they will work to get a result. I found it annoying that he was on the ph txtn the whole time as well. As time went on I was becoming increasingly almost impossible to get in contact or have anyone from VCL return my calls. When I did get hold of the so called person that was looking after my case, they seemed to have no idea what they were doing, im guessing they were either law students or grads, I lost count of how many people took over my case, achieving absolutely nothing. The only reason I got the first settlement was because my work had admitted liability, was nothing to do with anything that VCL did, then when we went for full compensation, back to the same, not returning ph calls and just feed total B S. I did not even know they had been shut down until another Lawyer got in touch with me asking if I would be happy for them to take over my case. December 2014 we reached a settlement which I was happy with, im still waiting for it…. My current Lawyer said that VCL cost would come out of my settlement, which I think is wrong, as they done nothing, and wont be paying them a cent until I see an itemised account of what they will charge me, I think this is a joke and wrong. My Lawyer has been in touch with me and the other side is having difficulty getting the insurance company to forward them the money, its just dragging on and on. Release forms were signed and sent, stating that they agree to the terms and settlement would be in 21 days…. we are now nearly at the end of March, is this allowed. there seems to be a law for them and a law for the rest!!
      I personally would not recommend if at all possible to go through the Work cover process and compensation, its stressfull and demanding.

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