Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 26/03/96

William Valpy Knox, 47, admitted 1977, practised as William Knox, St Albans, struck off and ordered to pay £1,448 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to respond or alternatively failed to respond with reasonable expedition to correspondence from Solicitors Complaints Bureau, was guilty of unreasonable delay in dealing with client affairs, failed to observe terms of undertaking given in course of practice, failed to pay counsel's fees. Tribunal told Law Society Compensation Fund had faced claims totalling £24,357 as a result of Knox's activities.

Rajiv Sachdevs, 31, admitted 1988, practised as Sachdevs, Coventry, suspended from practice for two years and ordered to pay £1,536 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep properly written accounts, wrongly drew client money and used client funds for purposes of other clients.

Hilary Rowlands, accounts clerk with Doberman Horsman, of Middlesborough, banned from working for further solicitors without consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £499 costs. Allegations substantiated she made payments to herself which she claimed were in respect of overtime and which she admitted were unauthorised payments.

Geoffery John Smith, former clerk with Plant Haynes, Plymouth, banned from working for further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £641 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated money while working for Plant Hayes.

Muhammad Waseem Khan-Sherwani, 34, practised at material time as Sherwani Solicitors, Norwood, London, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £2,068 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep his books in compliance with solicitors accounts rules.