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Siobhan Lomasney, admitted 1980 until July 1995, carried on practising on own account as Lomasney & Co, W1, and thereafter employed from February 1998 as consultant with Southall & Co, Belgravia, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £2,410 costs. Allegations substantiated that she failed to pay counsel's fees, failed to account to Legal Aid Board for costs received by her and failed to honour a professional undertaking. She was fined £3,000 by tribunal in June 1996 for failure to keep accounts and using client funds for her own purpose. Tribunal accepted that in present proceedings she had not intentionally been guilty of failures. It accepted that she was dependent on the mood altering effects of food and alcohol and had suffered extreme stress. She had taken medical advice and had stopped work for six months. Tribunal said that before the suspension could be lifted she would need to produce evidence that her health had been restored and that matters in respect of complaint had been fully concluded.
Hilary Almina Gallup, 47, admitted 1979, practising at material times as Hilary Gallup, Peterborough, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £3,983. Allegations substantiated that she wrongly drew and used client money for her own purposes, misappropriated client funds, gave false and misleading answers to investigating accountant and failed to pay funds received from clients in respect of undisbursed liabilities into client account. Tribunal took account of references offered in her support which spoke of her competence and integrity. But it considered her lack of candour when dealing with the investigation accountant initially was unacceptable. Tribunal was unable to avoid conclusion that she had made use of client funds to relieve the cash flow difficulties of her firm. It said that sums involved were not insubstantial and that although she had not intended permanently to deprive clients of money, she had deliberately used client money and had dissembled when interviewed by the investigation accountant.
Andrew Robb Currie, 38, admitted 1986, practising at material time in partnership with Terence St. J. Millett, Kensington, suspended indefinitely as from 26 February 1998 and ordered to pay costs to be taxed, if not agreed. Allegations substantiated that he failed to disclose material information to clients and acted improperly in conflict of interest situations. Tribunal commented matter before it was not one of mortgage fraud but serious failure to recognise situations where conflicts of interest arose and failure to give material information to lending institutional clients. Tribunal said he had failed in his duty to place interests of client above any other considerations.