Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 14/01/97

Giuseppina Stefania Silvio, 37, admitted 1990, practising at material time as an assistant solicitor with Hudson Freeman Berg, London W1, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,440 costs. Allegations substantiated she sought to deceive her principals about the performance of her professional duties by entering fictitious entries in a court diary and representing she attended clients when that was not the case. Tribunal said it was a sad and difficult case in which Silvio had behaved dishonestly and would, in the normal course of events, have attracted the ultimate sanction of the tribunal. However, her mental process had been impaired by a medical condition and she had "fallen from grace" in exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Helen Frances Tobenas, legal cashier with Gordon Williams, Cardiff, at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £974 costs. Allegations substantiated that her failure to post certain transactions in her firm's client ledger accounts resulted in delay in identification of misappropriation of client money by a solicitor in the practice. Tribunal told that Tobenas had been aware of serious problems relating to a number of financial transactions authorised by the solicitor in question but had chosen to ignore the problem.