Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 04/02/97

Thambapillai Yogananther, 54, admitted 1979, practising at material times as Yoga & Co, London NW9, suspended for a year. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew money from client account, failed to comply with accounts rules, failed to disclose material circumstances to mortgagee client, failed to reply to correspondence from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal accepted Yogananther had not acted dishonestly but said he had permitted unacceptable bookkeeping practices to continue over a considerable period of time. It believed he had "turned a blind eye" to what was going on.

Jeanette Frowley, financial services executive with Thomas Horton & Sons, Bromsgrove, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of the Law Society and ordered to pay £616 costs. Allegations substantiated that she misappropriated £2,000 of client money and controlled trust funds for her own purposes. Frowley informed the tribunal in a letter that she had repaid virtually all the money at a rate of £100 a month and that what had happened was a result of a personal crisis.

David Roberts, 54, admitted 1966, practising at material time in partnership of Booth Hearn, Chatham, Kent, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £936 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to keep properly written accounts, withdrew client money contrary to accounts rules, used client funds for own purposes and purposes of other clients. Tribunal said Roberts had behaved stupidly and instead of admitting a fundamental error and putting it right he had "blundered on".

Marcia Rose Swaby, secretary with Lewis Silkin, London SW1, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £864 costs. Allegations substantiated that at Southwark Crown Court in June 1995 she was put on probation for two years after admitting two counts of con- spiracy to steal. Tribunal told she had been involved in the forgery of two cheques for a total of £35,000 belonging to her former employer.