Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/11/96

James Bradbury, 55, admitted 1981, practising at material times in partnership as James Bradbury & Co, Blackpool, struck off and ordered to pay £5,135 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds and used them for his own purposes, failed to pay client funds into a client account, obtained loans from clients without ensuring the client was separately represented, behaved in a way which compromised or impaired or was likely to compromise or impair his reputation or that of the profession, took advantage of a client by misusing his position as a solicitor in a situation of conflict of interest, failed to disclose material information to a client. Tribunal said facts of the case revealed a serious misuse of client funds representing a fundamental breach of the trust implicit in the solicitor-client relationship.

Susan Jane Oliver, 39, admitted 1981, practising at material times as S J Oliver & Co, London SE12, fined £1,000. Allegations substantiated she acted in a way that compromised or impaired or was likely to compromise or impair the reputation of the profession. Tribunal told allegations concerned irregularities in connection with Legal Aid claims under the Green Form Scheme. Oliver previously before Tribunal in October 1995, also for contravention of Legal Advice and Assistance Regulations but no sanction imposed on that occasion.

David Alfred Edwards, 33, admitted 1991, assistant solicitor at material times with Richards Butler, struck off and ordered to pay £690 costs. Allegations substantiated he was jailed for 18 months in February this year after conviction on six counts of theft. Tribunal told that over a period of time Edwards forged the signatures of two of his colleagues on 29 cheques worth £169,000. Tribunal said the behaviour of Edwards, who had been guilty of a dishonest course of behaviour and had acted in breach of the position of trust he held as a solicitor, could not be tolerated.