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Celebrity lawyer Moszkowicz fights for his professional career

Thursday 21 February 2013


Top lawyer Bram Moszkowicz during Thursday's court session. Photo: Novum

Dutch celebrity lawyer Bram Moszkowicz was fighting for his professional life on Thursday in a last-ditch effort not to be banned from practising.

Last October Moszkowicz had his right to practise law removed for bringing the profession into disrepute.

The legal profession's disciplinary council said the lawyer had not taken complaints about his performance seriously and had regularly accepted large amounts of cash from clients without informing the authorities.

Apology

Moszkowicz told the disciplinary appeal court in Den Bosch on Thursday morning he was deeply sorry for the way he had scrimped on his administration and other matters. He said he would no longer accept cash payments for work and is also prepared to take on pro-deo cases.

Moszkowicz is a celebrity in the Netherlands. As well as taking on high-profile legal cases, he appears regularly on television chat shows and has appeared in a humorous television advert for an insurance company.

He also defended anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders last year on discrimination charges.

Charges

One of the complaints against Moszkowicz comes from a convicted drugs smuggler, serving eight years in jail, the NRC said.

The man claims to have paid the lawyer €60,000 in cash without getting a receipt. When he pressed for a break-down of the costs, the claim totalled €40,000. The man is suing Moszkowicz privately to recover the extra cash.

The court will rule on whether Moszkowicz should be barred for life on April 22. According to the NRC, he has to be able to prove he has learned from his mistakes and that he has dealt with the complaints against him.

 

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Readers' Comments

If you hang around with dogs, you get fleas.

By Nika | 21 February 2013 4:13 PM

This is nothing more than the courts acting punitively. They're slapping Moszkowicz down because they felt he was getting too big for his britches and needed to be taught a lesson. He dared to criticize them. The fact is the Dutch judiciary and its justices are already considered flawed and in too many incidences have proven themselves to be incompetent.

By Quince | 22 February 2013 2:30 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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