I feel compelled to respond to Gabriele Bramante recent letter (aj 16/23.12.99). Her comments attempt to obscure the basic reason for her suspension (News, aj 18.11.99), namely the contemptuous disregard for the arb Code of Professional Conduct and Practice by her refusal to respect the court order issued against her.
All other considerations are now irrelevant to the case including her suggestion that the sums of money in dispute do not justify the action taken.
However, I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that the reasons stated for witholding monies were a refusal to pay vat and printing expenses and a minor disagreement over hours worked. To date this allegation has been neither pursued nor substantiated.
Criticism of my survey drawing was a separate issue raised retrospectively in a counterclaim, following the issue of a summons. To date this allegation has neither been pursued nor substantiated.
Her criticisms of the arb's handling of the case are unfounded. Their professional team carried out a fair and thorough analysis of the facts and the disciplinary action taken was entirely appropriate. Ms Bramante's implication that the board has acted before her appeal had been heard cannot be corroborated by Kingston County Court, which, at the date of your article, had no registered application for the case to be set aside.