The society made the announcement yesterday after the Bobroff’s appeal against the order of Judge Billy Mothle was dismissed with costs on Monday.
LSNP President Dr Llewellyn Curlewis said “the LSNP will immediately comply with the initial court order given to proceed with an investigation, as indicated some time ago”.
Earlier this year Judge Mothle had ordered an immediate inspection by the LSNP of the books of account, and other records of RBP.
Pressure has been mounting on the Bobroffs and RBP since their former bookkeeper, Bernadine van Wyk, turned whistleblower, exposing egregious bookkeeping practises within the law firm.
Former clients of RBP, Matthew and Jennifer Graham, sought a full and proper accounting from RBP. This was refused, and the Grahams hauled the Bobroffs and RBP before the NGHC.
Matthew had been injured in a motor vehicle collision in which he had been the passenger. He received brain injuries, and Jennifer retained Darren Bobroff to process her husband’s claim against the Road Accident Fund.
The Graham’s attorney George van Niekerk, told Business that he was pleased with the result of Monday’s application: “The Grahams were delighted to hear that the High Court dismissed the application for leave to appeal, on the basis that there is no reasonable prospect of another court exempting the practice of Ronald Bobroff Partners from an inspection.
“One wonders why the Bobroffs are trying so hard to thwart an inspection of their books of account, when they had always insisted that they are innocent, and confidently asserted that the Law Society’s investigation would exonerate them. They are running out of options to delay a final reckoning. Hopefully the inspection can now proceed without further delay.”
When contacted for comment, Ronald Bobroff told Business: “On the advice of Senior and Junior Counsel both matters will be appealed.” The next step would be for the Bobroffs and RBP to petition the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein, asking that the SCA grant them leave to appeal directly to it. Even if they do so, it will not suspend the operation of Judge Mothle’s judgment – which is binding not only on the Bobroffs and RBP, but on the LSNP as well.
In an unrelated matter, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng of the South Gauteng High Court (SGHC) on Monday afternoon handed down judgment against RBP, ordering it to deliver an accounting to Vivian within 21 days. He also awarded costs against RBP.
Vivian, a road accident victim, left South Africa a few years ago for the greener pastures of New Zealand. He believed that the Bobroffs had short-paid him. When he sought a full accounting from RBP, it brought this application, saying that since Vivian was now a ‘foreigner’ to South Africa, he should be ordered by the SGHC to put up R500 000 as security for costs, should he lose his litigation in which he sought an accounting from RBP.
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