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A Kerry solicitor has lost her appeal over a finding of professional misconduct against her for causing a deficit of €259,000 on a client account after negotiating a "disquieting" settlement for herself in that sum and lodging it in a personal account. Whatever her "shortcomings", no dishonesty was ever alleged against Helen Lucey, principal of the firm Marshall & Maculay, Listowel, Co Kerry, the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, stressed. He will decide later whether Ms Lucey should be struck off the roll of solicitors and make full restitution, as the Law Society seeks, or get a lesser penalty, as recommended by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, allowing her to continue to practise under supervision. Full story

13 June