Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/7/97

George William Joseph Bridge, 62, admitted 1969, practising at material times as GW Bridge & Co, London SW3, fined £5,000. Allegations substantiated he made false and misleading statements in correspondence with the Citizens Advice Bureau. Bridge previously before the tribunal in 1970 when he was struck off after convictions for dishonesty. He was restored in 1976. Tribunal said that in imposing fine it took into account Bridge's unblemished career since 1976.

Guy Marven Dunn, 54, admitted 1969, practising at material times under his own name in Milton Keynes, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £1,238 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to deliver accountant's report on time, failed to comply with decision of the adjudication and appeals committee, failed to reply to correspondence from the Law Society and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, and practised without current practising certificate. Tribunal told Dunn had suffered from clinical depression but that his condition has been improving. It said in imposing the suspension it would be open to Dunn to apply for it to be lifted when he could demonstrate he had fully recovered his mental health.

Trevor Porter, 60, admitted 1977, practising at material times in partnership as Porter Ratner & Co, Blackpool, struck off and ordered to pay £600 costs and a third of the costs of the Law Society investigation accountant. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds, used client funds for his own purposes, had been convicted of dishonesty, failed to pay client funds received into client account and failed to keep properly written accounts. Tribunal told that Porter was jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to theft of £8,677 at Preston Crown Court on 24 January 1997.