Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 13/01/98

Raymond Neil Turner, 41, admitted 1990, practising at material time in partnership as Turner & Co, Wolverhampton, fined £500 and ordered to pay £699 costs. Allegations substantiated that he had pleaded guilty at Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates Court in February 1996, to driving while over the legal alcohol limit, careless driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident. Magistrates imposed three-month custodial sentence on him and three-year driving ban. Tribunal, while giving Turner credit for his recognition of his alcoholism, said his behaviour was unbefitting that of a solicitor although it recognised that offences were not committed during course of his practice as a solicitor.

Rowland Edward Beresford Earle, 54, admitted 1967, practising at material time as Rowland Earle, Cumbria, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £4,540 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to keep properly written accounts, and wrongly drew and used client money for own benefit and purposes of other clients. Tribunal considered Earle fortunate not to have been required to answer allegations that he had been dishonest in his dealings with client money. It recommended he be subject to a condition on his practising certificate that he submit half yearly accountant's reports.

Tony Dettmar, solicitor's clerk, of Chigwell, Essex, employed at material time as office account cashier with Forsyte Saunders Kerman, London W1, banned from any further employment by a solicitor without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £2,113 costs which include costs of the investigating accountant. Dettmar said to have been convicted of a criminal offence. After he had been made redundant from Forsyte Saunders in April 1996, it was discovered that he had misappropriated £15,981 from the firm's office bank account. On 26 November 1996 he was jailed for nine months for theft and false accounting. Tribunal said he had been placed in a position of trust by his employers and any future employment in the solicitors' profession should be subject of control by the Law Society.