Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 09/04/96

David Cochran, 51, admitted 1982, practising at material times in partnership as McKenzie & Chester, Tiverton, Devon, refused restoration to the roll after voluntarily removing his name in 1992. Cochran also ordered to pay £3,643 costs. Tribunal said Cochran had been accused of failure to comply with accounting rules, acting for his client when his own interests conflicted with those of the client, failing to carry out client instructions, using client funds for his own purposes, failing to post client money to relevant client accounts, failing to honour terms of professional undertaking, misappropriating client funds. If Cochran had not removed his own name from the roll he would have been struck off.

Gourmet Singh Nasal, 44, admitted 1989, practising in partnership as GS Nasal & Co, Hounslow, Middlesex, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £7,846 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client account money and failed to disclose material information to clients. Tribunal said allegations did not involve dishonesty or fraud.

Andrew Lionel Archibald Moore, 52, admitted 1975, practising at material time as Andrew Moore & Co, London WC2, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,192 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to reply to correspondence and/or deal with reasonable enquiries from a client, failed to forward title deeds within reasonable time, failed to reply to or reply adequately to letters from Solicitors Complaints Bureau, failed to keep properly written accounts, wrongly utilised client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients. Moore was previously before tribunal in 1993 when he was fined £2,000.

Anthony Michael Bertin, 44, admitted 1976, practising at material time as Bertin Ware Associates, Folkestone, Kent, reprimanded and ordered to pay £797 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to comply with direction by assistant director of Solicitors Complaints Bureau.

Arthur Giles Irving Wontner, 60, admitted 1969, practising at material time as Wontner & Sons, London WC2R, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £533 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to pay counsel's fees as they became due and failed to reply to letters from other solicitors and/or the Solicitors Complaints Bureau.