In brief: Lawyer takes tribunal to court

A struck-off solicitor is planning to take the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to court over a decision not to allow him to defend himself at a hearing. John Shepherd, 52, from Upton, Wirral, was struck off last year after being jailed for three years in December 1993 for fraudulently claiming green form fees at a standard rate not agreed by the Legal Aid Board. Shepherd, formerly sole partner at two Liverpool firms, Munros and Shepherds, claims that the convictions were wrong and that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal unlawfully refused him leave to give evidence on these claims or to appeal against his striking off. Shepherd is now requesting leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal.