Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/12/96

Anthony Ian Carr, 48, admitted 1977, practising at material times as Carr & Co, London W1, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £910 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to secure payment of counsel's fees, failed to reply promptly to letters from SCB, was guilty of unreasonable delay in complying with professional undertaking. Carr previously before Tribunal in November 1989 when he was fined £1,500. It was accepted that because of the recession Carr's financial circumstances had been difficult.

Christopher Bernard Morgan, 50, admitted 1972, practising at material times in partnership with Kidd Rapinet, Maidenhead, struck off and ordered to pay £3,260 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to pay funds received from clients into client account, wrongly attempted to draw money out of client account, used client funds for his own purposes. Tribunal told Morgan, who was expelled from the Kidd Rapinet partnership in November 1995, he had, among other things, attempted to withdraw £27,000 of one client's funds to make a payment to another unconnected client.

Anthony Joseph McCann, 35, admitted 1987, practising at material time as McCann Petrou (in partnership) and subsequently alone as McCann Associates, London W1, struck off and ordered to pay £272 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes, wrongly drew client funds, failed to keep his books correctly. Tribunal told inspection by Law Society investigation accountant revealed client account shortage of £3,517. McCann himself had described his books as an "utter shambles". Tribunal said they were dismayed that McCann had set up apparently without even a rudimentary knowledge of or respect for the accounts rules.