Member's name: Mr Bruce Hanson
Date of Hearing: 15 July 2020
Division: New South Wales
Tribunal: Disciplinary Tribunal
On 15 July 2020 the Disciplinary Tribunal found that Mr Hanson breached:
- Article 39(a)(ii)C of the 22 May 2018 Constitution (the Constitution), by failing to observe a proper standard of professional care, skill or competence by reason of breaching APES 310 in his ‘Dealing with Client Monies’ in respect of an Estate in which Mr Hanson was one of the Executors.
- Article 39(a)(ii)B(1) of the Constitution, by engaging in dishonourable practice in any profession or undertaking in his dealings with the assets of an Estate including the proceeds of sale or other realisations of those assets in which he was one of the Executors.
- Article 39(a)(ii)A of the Constitution, in that he breached:
- By-Law 5.2(a)(ii) and 5.2(b)(ii) of the 1 April 2019 By-Laws, by failing to ‘provide a satisfactory explanation with respect to the matters referred to in the Complaint’ to CPA Australia.
Mr Hanson attended the Disciplinary Tribunal Hearing and only admitted complaint 3.
Penalty and costs
The Disciplinary Tribunal found the Complaints sustained and imposed the following penalties for:
- Complaints 1 and 2:
- forfeiture of membership and not eligible for readmission for a period of 10 years from the date of the Disciplinary Tribunal.
- Complaint 3:
- a severe reprimand
- a fine of $1000.
The Member was ordered to pay CPA Australia's costs of $2450.04.
Prior to any application for readmission, Mr Hanson must first pay the fine and costs.