Thirty Pieces of Silver
By Anthony Molloy, QC
Paperback, 419 pages, good condition, crease in cover
What you are about to read may form the starting point of the most serious investigation into legal ethics in New Zealand's history.
Every person who has ever had reason to question the ethics of a lawyer will find this book compelling, as one of the country's most respected jurists, Dr Anthony Molloy QC, examines the conduct of his own profession specifically the country's self-proclaimed top law firm: Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co.
Dr Molloy analyses what drives the modern commercial lawyer and investigates specific examples where ethics have given way to greed, and that greed has deprived Inland Revenue, and sometimes even clients, of millions of dollars.
He alleges that Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co has assisted clients to commit fraud and, in doing so, have themselves aided that fraud. From this, Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co have profited.
This book pulls no punches! Dr Molloy QC names names, and outlines what Ehical and criminal misconduct appears to have arisen in pursuit of ... Thirty Pieces of Silver.
What he has written will have a devastating impact on lawyers and the judiciary. Whether a formal investigation by authorities is launched into his findings remains to be seen; what is clear is that the legal profession must now seriously examine its ethics.