Former lawyer cries libel against accountancy firm

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A former Melbourne lawyer claims that he has been defamed by an accountancy firm, its partner and a client.
 
In a letter to the Australian Taxation Office, Issac Alexander Brott claimed that accountancy firm PKF Melbourne, its partner and officer Sean Dillon and client Natalie Maree McAra wrote a libellous letter about him to the ATO, a Herald Sun reported revealed.
 
Brott alleges that Dillon wrote the letter which was sent to the agency in August as instructed by McAra.
 
The letter defamed Brott, he said, since it suggested he engaged as director and controller of corporations while in bankruptcy.
 
Under the Corporations Act, persons who are bankrupt cannot be directors or controllers of corporations.
 
The former lawyer alleges that the letter in effect accuses him of committing wilful breaches of the law.
 
Brott was struck off the roll of legal practitioners in 2011 after being found guilty of four charges of misconduct.
 
His case was the first time the Legal Services Commissioners recommended a lawyer’s striking off the roll, the most serious disciplinary action that can be taken against a legal practitioner, to the Supreme Court of Victoria.
 
The misconduct charges were related to the former lawyer acting on behalf of two individuals without proper consent or instructions.
 
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal also considered a long history of disciplinary action taken against Brott dating as far back as 1985.
 

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