Paul Tse's acts 'most unfortunate'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 February, 2006, 12:00am

Celebrity solicitor Paul Tse Wai-chun's acts could appear to be in 'very bad taste' but they did not amount to shaming the entire legal community, his lawyer argued yesterday.

Gerard McCoy SC, representing Mr Tse in his appeal against the Law Society's decision to suspend his practice, said in the High Court yesterday that what his client had done was 'most unfortunate'.

'He might have given some people a snigger or a laugh. In the eyes of many, it could be very bad taste. But the profession is not condemned to disrepute,' he said.

'In fact, it might strengthen the profession, to show that it is a very diverse collection of individuals,' said Mr McCoy. He argued that the Law Society had to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Tse had brought the profession into disrepute before penalising him.

In March last year, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal suspended his licence to practise for 21 months and fined him $50,000 for his 'disgraceful' conduct. He was disciplined after depicting himself as Superman in adverts and posing near-nude on a magazine cover.

Peter Duncan SC, for the Law Society, said yesterday they were not required to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt as there was no alleged criminal offence involved.

The case was adjourned to March 16.