Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 22/04/97

John Hynd Alexander, 52, admitted 1971, practising at material times as A Alexander & Co, Cranleigh, Surrey, struck off and ordered to pay £5,721 costs. Allegations substantiated he misused client money for his own purposes and failed to comply with solicitors accounting rules. Tribunal told investigation of his books showed minimum cash shortage of £50,191. Claims totalling £70,130 have been made against the Law Society Compensation Fund.

Kamla Belshaw, 34, admitted 1992, practising at material times as an assistant solicitor with Messrs Ford and Warren, Leeds, struck off and ordered to pay £2,232 costs. Allegations substantiated that she submitted false claims for travel expenses to her employers and created false and unjustified time records. Tribunal told that as result of her activities her firm had suffered considerable financial loss and huge embarrassment.

David Winston Gouldman, 53, admitted 1969, practising as David Gouldman and Co, London EC1, fined £2,500. Allegations substantiated he failed or failed with reasonable expedition to make any or any adequate response to correspondence from the monitoring unit of the Law Society.

Andrew Norman Payne, 46, admitted 1977, practising at material time as Payne and Co, Knowle, West Midland, struck off and ordered to pay £2,555 costs. Allegations substantiated that he misappropriated client funds, used client and other funds for his own purpose, wrongly drew money out of a controlled trust account, that he wrongly drew money from client account, and failed to keep properly written accounts. Tribunal told that as result of his activities the Law Society Compensation Fund paid out £20,800 and 16 claims totalling £587,000 were pending. Tribunal said case was "appalling" and it was a matter of enormous regret that Payne's "nefarious activities" had continued over such a long period.

Isadore Rynhold, a conveyancing clerk with Mendozas, Harrow, at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from the Law Society. Allegation substantiated that Rynhold was jailed for nine months after his conviction at Southwark Crown Court in September 1992 of conspiracy and obtaining and procuring execution of valuable security by deception. Sentence later cut on appeal to four months.