Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/09/96

Andrew Mark Jones, 31, admitted 1989, practising at material times as assistant solicitor with Toller Hales & Colcutt, Northampton, struck off and ordered to pay £548 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money. Tribunal told that Jones had misused at least £11,241 from his firm's client bank account for the benefit of unrelated clients. Tribunal said it accepted he had been under considerable stress.

Murilene Claudette Simpson, 55, admitted 1974, practising at material times as Simpson Ceres, Camberwell, London SE5, fined £750 and ordered to pay £3,183 costs. Allegations substantiated she failed to keep properly written books. Tribunal told her activities have led to four applications to the Law Society Comp- ensation Fund with £1,336 having already been paid out and pending claims totalling £597.

Richard Nicholas Bryant, 42, admitted 1979, fined £500 and ordered to pay £621 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed or failed with reasonable expedition to reply to correspondence and an inquiry addressed to him by insolvency practitioners and by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau in relation to his professional practice.

Kevyn Beresford Thompson, 45, admitted 1989, practising at material times as Thomsons, Telford, Shropshire, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 costs. Allegations substantiated he made, or was party to the making of, inaccurate and misleading statements to an insurance company. Tribunal said it accepted Thompson was a man of integrity but despite his apparently innocent intentions he had advised a client to make a fraudulent claim.

Max Kingsley (otherwise known as Moshe Keshet), at material times solicitors clerk with Avery Midgen & Co, Golders Green, London and later Jaque Simmons & Co, of same address, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of the Law Society. Tribunal told Kingsley persistently held himself out to be a solicitor and made untrue statements to lending institutions. Tribunal said Kingsley had been guilty of "grave dishonesty".

Simon Peter Arscott, 38, admitted 1985, practising at material times as Simon Arscott & Co, London W1, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £553 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to reply to letters from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal considered it was being lenient in imposing £1,500 fine but said it would not be so lenient if any similar allegations were made against him in future.