A solicitor who was suspended after a number of complaints about him by clients, has lodged €395,000 to the client account of his former firm, the High Court has been told.

Declan O'Callaghan agreed to a number of orders last July, including an order preventing him from practising as a solicitor pending an inquiry by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal into his conduct.

He was also to pay €350,000 from his personal funds into the client account of Kilraine O'Callaghan in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon and to cease his involvement with the firm.

The High Court President, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, was told €395,000 has now been paid. 

The court heard Mr O'Callaghan's daughter Aoife and Brendan Steen, a solicitor approved by the Law Society are the joint practice managers of the firm and Mr Steen has been meeting with clients to close out files.

The case has been adjourned for a month.

The Law Society applied to have Mr O'Callaghan suspended arising from concerns raised in an independent solicitor's report, including a concern that he had withdrawn substantial fees from the estate of a bereaved child.

The court heard previously that Mr O'Callaghan had reimbursed €344,000 in fees and VAT and had accepted the fees were excessive.

The independent solicitor had expressed the opinion that the fees bore no relation to the work done on behalf of the estate to date and that there was dishonesty involved.

Mr O'Callaghan was also given time to give a full explanation for his deduction of more than €100,000 in fees from an estate held for a widowed client and her children. 

He and the widow have since agreed on fees of €28,000.

Mr O'Callaghan maintains he conducted himself honestly at all times.

The court was also told today that a solicitor who had acted for Mr O'Callaghan now wished to stop acting for him.

Mr Justice Kelly expressed concern about this as it appeared this solicitor felt he was not being given "the full picture" by Mr O'Callaghan and trust between them had broken down.

The Law Society told the court it did not believe further court orders were necessary as Mr O'Callaghan was suspended, had no involvement with his former practice and there was an inquiry pending before the Disciplinary Tribunal.