Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/06/96

Paul William Donovan, 61, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Davies Donovan & Co, Twickenham, struck off and ordered to pay £5,280 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, misappropriated client funds, failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told that claims totalling £57,600 so far paid out by Law Society Compensation Fund. Donovan previously before tribunal in 1990 when he was fined £2,000.

Charles Thomas Phillips, 48, admitted 1980, practising at material times as Phillips & Co, London W1, fined £4,000. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, wrongly drew client money, failed to deliver accountant's report on time, failed to keep properly written accounts. Tribunal recognised difficulties in Phillips' personal life and a series of problems with his health.

Michael Brett Sinclair, 48, admitted 1972, practising at material times as Sinclairs, Hendon, London, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £941 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to provide solicitors of Solicitors Indemnity Fund with information needed for proper handling of claim made against him and failed to co-operate with fund solicitors, failed to comply with direction of Law Society, failed to reply to letters from other solicitors and from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Admitting allegations, Sinclair said he had been unable to cope with what was happening.

Gurmail Singh Sidhu, 41, admitted 1982, practising at material times as Sidhu & Co, Birmingham, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,782 costs. Allegations substantiated he acted in a manner which compromised or was likely to compromise or impair reputation or that of the profession. Tribunal told that while allegations did not involve dishonesty, they involved Legal Aid claims submitted by those he employed which could not be justified.

Raymond Allan Taylor, 44, admitted 1979, practising at material times in partnership of Schofields, Sheffield, suspended for six months. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes, failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told his activities had led to claims totalling £4,250 against Law Society Compensation Fund.