LAWYERS were last night accused of hypocrisy after refusing to disclose the name of a solicitor involved in a multi-million dollar passports for cash scam. The case concerned an appeal by a solicitor against two adverse findings by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal. When doctors, dentists or pharmacists appeal against rulings by their respective disciplinary boards, their names are revealed in court proceedings. But lawyers and the Judiciary refused to disclose the full identity of Kwan, a partner in a large Central practice. Although his surname was mentioned in open court, he was referred to in court documents simply as 'the solicitor'. Court of Appeal Vice-President Mr Justice Nazareth confirmed through his clerk there was no order preventing publication of the solicitor's name. But he said it was practice not to reveal the identity of a lawyer who had been brought before a disciplinary tribunal. Joseph Fok, counsel for the Law Society, and Allen Yau, for Kwan, refused to divulge Kwan's full name and details, as did the Law Society. In a recent case concerning a dentist accused of professional misconduct over an adulterous affair, the Court of Appeal refused to allow the dentist's request to keep his name out of proceedings. Lawyer and legislator James To Kun-sun said he would like to see the same rules applying to all professions. 'It is my view that as society becomes more transparent, names should be revealed in the courts and in all the disciplinary proceedings whether it is for doctors, dentists or lawyers,' said Mr To. 'I think the public needs to know the rationale behind why non-disclosure is a feature of the legal profession.' In yesterday's case, the solicitor lost the fight to clear his name. Applicants had been duped into donating up to US$120,000 (HK$927,360) towards an unknown political party in Portugal in exchange for passports. They also had to invest up to US$60,000 in property there. The Court of Appeal said the behaviour of the lawyer was 'naive and stupid' and it refused to quash penalties imposed by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal. A total of US$4.79 million was paid for 77 bogus passports. Some of 'the political contributions' ended up in Swiss bank accounts. None of the money has been recovered. The solicitor became involved after a former Macau lawyer, Dr Manuel Andrade, said he could secure passports through political connections in Portugal without going through the normal formalities. Kwan was found guilty by the tribunal of failing to pay money into client accounts and of conduct unbefitting a solicitor. He was censured and fined $50,000. Kwan was not struck off after the panel accepted he had no idea the passports were fake.