Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 04/03/97

John Gabriel Daniels, 46, admitted 1975 and David John Ferraby, 44, admitted 1979, practising in partnership as Daniels Ferraby & Co, Tewkesbury, each fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,029 costs. Allegations substantiated that they failed to keep properly written accounts, wrongly drew client money and used it for the benefit of other clients and themselves and misappropriated client funds. Tribunal said they were prepared to give respondents credit for the fact they had discovered and put right the majority of breaches and discrepancies and they also took into account that the respondents accepted that accounting failures had been caused by inadvertence and lack of supervision.

Andrew Jonathan Shaw, clerk with Frank Allen & Co (later Frank Allen Pennington) of Doncaster, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from the Law Society. Tribunal told Shaw worked for firm from 1989 to 1993 and had been responsible under supervision of partners for conduct of professional business of clients. However, the firm then discovered he was not an admitted solicitor. Despite this, he had held himself out to be a qualified solicitor. Tribunal said matter was extraordinary and bizarre.

Ramesh Kumar, 62, admitted 1982, practising at material time as Kumar & Co, Grave-send, Kent, suspended for three months. Allegations substantiated that he failed to act in best interests of lending institution client by failing to provide material and accurate information and was party to an attempt to deceive a lending institution.

Jonathan Raymond Dickey, 42, admitted 1981, practising in partnership as Barber Young Burton & Rind, Knightsbridge, at material time, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,340 costs. Allegations substantiated that he was responsible for undue delay in con- cluding administration of estates and in conduct of professional business, failed to comply with terms of Solicitors Complaints Bureau resolution and failed to reply to letters from Bureau.