Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/03/96

Richard William Hill, admitted 1979, practised as Hill & Co, London SW17, struck off. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, drew client money contrary to accounting rules, and failed to keep properly written accounts. Hill previously appeared before tribunal in August 1984 and April 1995 when he was respectively reprimanded and fined £1,500. Tribunal said large sums of client money were unaccounted for.

John Edward Bradwick, admitted 1972, practised in partnership as Bradwick Evans & Co and Bradwicks at Aberdare, Abercynon and Treforest, successful in application that indefinite period of suspension imposed after hearing in 1991 be lifted. Suspension imposed following substantiated allegations he failed to reply to letters from a client and/or failed to maintain reasonable or adequate contact with client, failed to reply to letters from Solicitors Complaints Bureau, failed to deliver, or delivered late, accountants report which in turn followed earlier proceedings after which he was fined £2,000. Lifting suspension and ordering Bradwick should pay £1,212 costs, tribunal recommended he should take course to update him on law and current legal practice.

Vincent Anthony Devenny, former clerk with Simon Alexander & Co, Leeds, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £939 costs. Allegations substantiated he was sentenced to 180 hours community service in February 1995 after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods and obtaining property by deception.

Roger Maxwell Miln, admitted 1968, practised in partnership at Wrexham, Clwyd and at Chester, refused restoration to roll and ordered to pay £4,704 costs. Miln voluntarily removed name from roll in November 1991 but was said to have been guilty of "teeming and lading" with client funds and to have acted in way which could have led to him being struck off had he not removed name from register voluntarily.