Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/04/97

William Henry Edwards, admitted 1962, struck off July 1987, refused restoration to the role and ordered to pay £556 costs.

Edwards struck off after allegations substantiated that he failed to submit accountants reports pursuant to rules, wrongly drew client money, failed to maintain account books correctly, used client money for personal purposes, drew client money when there were insufficient funds to meet drawings, used client investment money to meet judgment that was made against himself.

Tribunal said it could only properly exercise discretion in favour of applicant if it found profession would be proud to welcome him back as member. While tribunal recognised he had achieved a remarkable degree of rehabilitation it did not consider he had overcome the very considerable hurdles of his behaviour leading to the striking off order.

Angela Hanlon, clerk with Furley Page Fielding and Barton, Canterbury, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society. Hanlon had worked as a member of the support staff for managing litigation clerk. Tribunal told routine checks had revealed financial discrepancies in 17 client matters which were Hanlon's responsibility. A total of £780 was involved and when interviewed Hanlon had admitted her dishonesty.

Trevor Routledge, conveyancing manager for Hannay & Hannay, South Shields, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £410 costs. Alle- gations substantiated that in the course of his employment he misappropriated client funds totalling £2,490.

Michael Edward Robinson, financial controller for Fitz Hugh Gates, Brighton, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £722 costs.

Allegations substantiated he was given a nine months' suspended jail sentence at Lewis Crown Court in August 1996 after being found guilty of six offences: three of procuring execution of a valuable security and three relating to false accounting offences. Four additional similar matters were taken into account.