Disciplinary tribunals

John Patrick Beirne, 41, admitted 1990, practising at material time as Mulrey Beirne & Co, Birmingham, struck off and ordered to pay £4,594 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client account money and used it for his own purposes, misappropriated client funds, failed to account for funds handled by him in his capacity as a solicitor and failed to reply to correspondence from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal told Law Society had intervened in Beirne's practice on grounds of his suspected dishonesty and that Investigation Accountant's report showed respondent to have raided client account for money for his own use. Law Society Compensation Fund had paid out £524 at time of hearing and claims totalling £3,510 remained pending.

Adrian Gerard Donkin, 46, admitted 1975, practising at material time as John Donkin & Co, Gateshead, reprimanded and ordered to pay £828 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed, or failed with reasonable expedition, to respond to correspondence from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau.

Peter John Giddens, 53, admitted 1981, practising at material times as Peter Giddens & Co, Cambridge, fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,092 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to reply to correspondence from Law Society Monitoring Unit and Solicitors Complaints Bureau and breached practice rule 15 of 1990. Tribunal told no dishonesty was alleged against Giddens. Giddens was previously before the tribunal in August 1993 when he was fined £1,000.

Mark Charles Sutton-Bowyer, 47, admitted 1975, practising at material time as Sutton-Bowyer & Co, Wolverhampton, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £2,916 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to keep properly written accounts, wrongly drew money from client account and used client money for purposes of other clients and himself, and administered an oath in proceedings in which his firm was acting. Tribunal said Law Society had intervened in Sutton-Bowyer's practice and it could only surmise he was no longer practising as a solicitor.