Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/09/96

(1996) IRLR 32m Fraser Grenville Teague, 43, admitted 1967, practising as Fraser G Teague, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, reprimanded and ordered to pay £606 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to deliver accountant's report in time.

John Stephen Brebner, 55, admitted 1983, practising at material times as Brebner & Co, London EC4, fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,642 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to pay and/or transfer funds from clients in respect of undisbursed liabilities into client account, wrongly drew money from client account and used client funds for own purposes. Tribunal said there had been no dishonesty alleged against Brebner and in the circumstances it considered a financial penalty appropriate.

Graham Gardiner Hough, 55, admitted 1965, practising at material times on his own account near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,050 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed, or failed with reasonable expedition, to respond to client enquiry and correspondence from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Claim arose from his handling of a client's matrimonial proceedings. Hough previously before Tribunal in 1987 when he was fined £3,000.

Robin Wyn Jones, 33, admitted 1991, practising at material times as assistant solicitor with Amoo-Gottfried & Co, London SW11, struck off and ordered to pay £890 costs. Allegations substantiated he had been convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 9 October 1995 of four counts of falsely pretending to act under the authority of a court and was jailed for six months. Sentence later cut to six weeks by the Court of Appeal. Tribunal told Jones forged a decree nisi of divorce and three decrees absolute.

Stuart Ridley Gidley, 53, admitted 1970, practising at material time in partnership as JR Brearley & Co, reprimanded and ordered to pay £1,018 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep client informed of progress of litigation and gave misleading information about its progress. Tribunal said Gidley had mistakenly discussed a complex matter with a client who was also a close neighbour. The client in question was "difficult and unconventional" but was not a client to be treated with the degree of informality adopted.

Paul Anthony Lufflum, 51, admitted 1973, practising as Lufflum & Ainsworth, Surrey, struck off and ordered to pay £1,050 costs. Allegations substantiated he acted in property transaction where his own interests conflicted with those of his clients. Tribunal said Lufflum had suggested clients should take independent advice but had accepted their refusal not to do so and allowed them to sell a property to him at an undervalue. Lufflum has lodged an appeal against the findings, and the order and findings have not been filed pending hearing of the appeal.