Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Conflicts Allegation – Firm Facing Probe

"Legal firm facing probe over sale of lottery licence" --
  • "One of the State's biggest and most successful legal firms could face the prospect of being investigated by the Law Society after admitting to a conflict of interest arising from its involvement in the Government's sale of the National Lottery operating licence."
  • "The Sunday Independent understands that A & L Goodbody has been informed by the Rehab Group that it is considering making a formal complaint to the Law Society."
  • "The move comes after it was revealed that the blue-chip law firm had been advising the successful bidding consortium of UK lottery giant Camelot and An Post while simultaneously providing advice to Rehab in relation to a €1.5bn claim it intends to bring against the State in relation to the National Lottery."
  • "While A & L Goodbody informed Rehab at a recent meeting that they had discussed the 'merits' of their case for compensation with a 'third party client,' it emerged subsequently that the client in question was the Camelot and An Post consortium.'"
  • "And while the law firm is understood to have assured Rehab at their meeting that they had not disclosed "full documents or information" in relation to Rehab's case with the representatives of Camelot and An Post, whom they described as their "third party client," the charitable group has been taking legal advice on the matter and, according to well-placed sources, is treating it with the 'utmost seriousness.'"

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