Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/03/96

Michael Fabian Spungin, admitted 1962, practised as Armstrong Spungin & Scott, Nottingham, struck off and ordered to pay £5,675 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client money, falsified accounting documents and failed to pay money into client account in breach of accounting rules.

Andrew Jesson, formerly clerk with Emsleys, Leeds, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £1,175 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of forging clients signatures on commission agreements during visit by Law Society monitoring unit.

David Skipp, cashier with Hunt & Wrigley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, banned from working for further solicitors without consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £3,741 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated firm's and client funds and forged signature of a partner on cheques drawn on firm's client account.

Martin Edward Moore, 40, admitted 1980, practised at material times as Martin Moore & Co, Worthing, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,139 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to maintain properly written books, drew money from client account contrary to accounting rules, wrongfully retained money in his office contrary to Solicitors Accounts Rule 1992, used client funds for own purposes, acted improperly in conflict of interest situation, paid his own money into client account contrary to accounting rules, failed to comply with decision of conduct sub-committee.

Richard Predko, 58, practised at material time as sole practitioner in Totton, Hampshire, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,503 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to act with reasonable expedition in administration of an estate, failed or failed with reasonable expedition to reply substantively to correspondence with parties and/or their solicitors, failed or failed with reasonable expedition to reply substantively to correspondence from Solicitors Complaints Bureau, acted in clients' affairs where conflict of interest between him and client might arise.