Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 23/04/96

Roger Rees Keedy, 49, admitted 1979, practised as Roger Keedy & Co, Simmondley, Glossop, struck off and ordered to pay £5,071 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money, failed to maintain properly written accounts, wrongly retained money due to the Legal Aid Board, improperly retained money in breach of accounts rules. Keedy before tribunal in 1990 when he was fined £500 for, among other things, misuse of client money.

Joan Slote, clerk in cashier's department of Gepp & Sons, Chelmsford, at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £523 costs. Allegations substantiated she had been guilty of theft of client money.

Deenesh Babulal Thakerar, 40, admitted 1983, and Mulkh Raj Mehta, 33, admitted 1992, practising in partnership as DB Thakerar & Co, Edgware, fined £500 each and ordered to pay £2,248 costs. Allegations substantiated they wrongly drew client money and used it for own purposes and those of other clients. Tribunal said it accepted accused had not acted dishonestly.

Ian Muir Jewell, 52, admitted 1965, last practising certificate terminated July 1987, suspended for five years and ordered to pay £1,295 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised as a solicitor while uncertificated. Jewell said to have re-applied for practising certificate for 1993-94 but evidence had then come to light that he had been involved in legal work and had practised without certificate since 1987. Tribunal said it was fundamental that solicitors purporting to act as such must hold current practising certificates.

Paul Francis Brendan McMahon, 30, admitted 1993, practised as assistant solicitor with Dowse & Co, London NW1, at material times, struck off and ordered to pay £763 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly misappropriated client money. Tribunal said it was a sad case in which McMahon, who had been in difficult personal circumstances, instituted an elaborate scheme to take clients' money.

Andrew Lionel Archibold Moore, 52, admitted 1975, practised at material times as Andrew Moore & Co, London WC2, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,192 costs. Allegations substantiated, among other things, he failed to reply to correspondence and/or deal with reasonable enquiries from client, failed to comply with directions of and reply to letters from Solicitors Complaints Bureau, failed to keep properly written accounts, and wrongly used client money for his own purposes and those of other clients.