Bobroff pair are finally struck off the role
Two judges of the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard the arguments presented by lawyers acting for the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP), and found that they were no longer “fit and proper to longer serve the legal profession.”
The Bobroffs fled to Australia in March this year after promising to hand themselves in to police for alleged criminal charges against them in South Africa regarding overcharging of clients, fraud and money laundering.
Forensic audits by a multitude of agencies, including The Law Society, The Hawks, SARS, the NPA, the Road Accident Fund and others, including clients of the now-liquidated practice, run into multi millions and one agency estimates it has topped a billion rand.
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Ronald, a former president of the Law Society for decades, ran the law firm Ronald Bobroff & Partners in Johannesburg. He was joined by his son Darren in later years.
Ronald Bobroff, a fugitive in Australia, had insisted that he would come to South Africa to defend this month’s final hearing, despite running the risk of arrest when he landed on SA soil.
RIGHT: Ronald Bobroff in a social media picture posted from Australia (twitter)
Needless to say, the pair did not pitch at court to defend themselves, but through a lawyer advanced a number of technical defences, including that the application was not properly served on them.
These were all rejected by the court, who also slapped them with a punitive costs order.
According to the president of the LSNP, Anthony Millar, the pair will also not be able to practice in Australia, as the SA law society will alert its Australian counterpart about the order.
In an exclusive Interview last month, LSNP president Millar told JR Online that the Bobroffs had “brought shame on their profession, their families and their community.” Millar also said that 99 percent of the questionable dealings so far uncovered by the LRNP had been “signed off by Darren Bobroff.”