Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/09/96

Emmanuel Chukwubiko Abaraonye, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Stuart A West & Co, London EC1, struck off and ordered to pay £2,512 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised despite notice having been given to him that the Law Society's powers of intervention had been exercised in respect of his practice, failed to ensure that the office at which he practised was and could reasonably be seen to be properly supervised, failed to pay counsel's fees, failed to exercise proper supervision over unadmitted person who was member of his staff.

Glynne Spilsbury, 45, admitted 1987, practising at material times as G Spilsbury & Co, Mountain Ash, Mid Glamorgan, fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,041 costs. Allegations substantiated that he acted in the course of his practise in a way that compromised or impaired, or was likely to compromise or impair his reputation or that of the profession. Allegations said to have arisen from complaints of over-charging the Legal Aid Board. Total sum overclaimed said to have been £17,881, since been refunded to board. Tribunal said there appeared to have been a catalogue of errors.

Peter Ayling, litigation clerk with Lewis Hessell & Co, Haverhill, Suffolk, banned from working for any other solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £536 costs. Allegations substantiated he used £1,130 paid to the firm by clients for his own benefit. He had apologised and offered to repay the money so the firm would not press criminal charges.

Peter George Colclough, clerk at material times with Heatons, Stoke-on-Trent, banned from working for any other solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £3,204 costs. Allegations substantiated he misused client funds. Tribunal told he first took client funds in 1984 and estimated that since then he had misused at least £120,000 of client money.

Kenneth Frederick Beavis, 61, admitted 1965, practising at material time in partnership as Kenneth Beavis & Co, Chelmsford, Essex, reprimanded and ordered to pay £1,300 costs. Allegations substantiated he purported to witness a signature on a lease when the signature was not written in his presence. Tribunal stressed that witnessing of signatures by solicitors added authenticity to documents. Solicitors must exercise utmost care when witnessing signatures to ensure that any document accurately displays on its face the fact the signature had been made or confirmed before the witnessing solicitor.