Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/11/96

Carmel Ellen Geraldine Morrison, costing clerk employed at material time for Kenneth Morrison & Co, Gorse Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from the Law Society and ordered to pay £329 costs. Allegations substantiated she had been convicted of a number of offences relating to obtaining funds from the Legal Aid Board by false reports and false claims and given a 15-month suspended jail sentence. Her Principal had been convicted of similar offences.

George Edward Wright, 52, admitted 1968, practising at material times in partnership as Singleton Wright, York, struck off and ordered to pay £984 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds and used them for his own purposes. Tribunal told an inspection of Wright's firm's books by a Law Society Investigation Accountant in November 1995 revealed a minimum client account cash shortage of £54,287. This arose as a result of improper transfers from client to office bank account of £34,200 and improper use of client funds received in order to settle outstanding disbursements of £20,087. Wright told Tribunal money had not been used to finance high living but to keep his practice afloat at a time his partner was ill. Tribunal said they accepted Wright had been under pressure but misappropriation of client funds was a serious matter.

Julian Andrew Spurrier, 50, admitted 1970, practising at material times with Mowll & Mowll, Canterbury, struck off and ordered to pay £587 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client funds and used them for his own purposes. Tribunal told Law Society Investigation Accountant discovered minimum liability to clients on firm's books of £213,147. Spurrier was given an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on 2 October. Tribunal said Spurrier did not appear to have retained any of the money he took for his own use but had "passed it on to those he felt to be in need."