SINGAPORE – Because of his lawyer’s “inaction and lackadaisical conduct”, what ought to have been a court docket victory for a taxi driver who was injured in an accident became a whole defeat.
The lawyer, Mr Ooi Oon Tat, who was referred to as to the Bar in 1989, had failed to offer sure paperwork requested by the opposing facet, which in the end resulted in his shopper’s lawsuit being struck out.
On Friday (July 1), Mr Ooi was suspended for 5 years for his misconduct.
In suspending him, the Courtroom of Three Judges, led by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, mentioned this was a deplorable case of a lawyer who was in “grave dereliction of responsibility to his shopper”.
The court docket mentioned Mr Ooi successfully destroyed his shopper’s reason for motion by failing to behave on his shopper’s directions and to offer the paperwork and failing to make good any of the loss suffered by his shopper.
The shopper, cabby Lim See Meng, had sued the motive force of a car that crashed into the rear of his taxi in 2012 for inflicting him to endure chest discomfort and ache within the neck and ribs.
In November 2015, Mr Lim succeeded in acquiring an interlocutory judgment through which the defendant accepted full duty for the accident.
The quantum of damages have been to be assessed at a later listening to.
In June 2016, the defendant, Mr Chong Chun Siong, sought sure paperwork from Mr Lim.
Mr Lim offered some paperwork to Mr Ooi and reminded him by e-mail to expedite the matter.
However Mr Ooi didn’t ship out these paperwork to Mr Chong’s legal professionals, even after his counterparts obtained a court docket order for him to take action.
In January 2017, dissatisfied with how Mr Ooi was dealing with the go well with, Mr Lim received one other lawyer to take over the case.
He then came upon that the go well with had been struck out.
Mr Lim then sued Mr Ooi for skilled negligence.