Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/04/96

Christopher Michael Still, 50, admitted 1970, practised at material time under his own name in Brighton, struck off and ordered to pay £2,917 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, wrongly drew client account money, failed to keep properly written accounts.

Tribunal told activities had led to over £10,522 paid out at time of hearing with pending claims of £432,725 on Law Society Compensation Fund.

Carolyn Nicholas, clerk to group solicitor at Read Executive at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £423 costs. Allegations substantiated she pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court on 5 May 1995, of theft during her employment and was jailed for nine months.

Christopher Ricketts, outdoor clerk for Messrs Rafiq & Co, Manchester, at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £627 costs. Allegations substantiated he misled High Court by telling Mr Justice Sachs he was a "trainee solicitor".

Anthony Roger Newell, legal clerk with JR Bottrill, Barnet, and Braby Waller, London EC1, at material times, banned from practising for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £823 costs. Allegations substantiated he became involved in property speculation and had improperly utilised client funds and applied client money to projects, all of which had failed.

Ian Richard Glenn, 55, admitted 1963, practised as IR Glenn, Stowmarket, Suffolk, at material time, fined £500 and ordered to pay £2,051 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep books of account properly and failed to deliver accountant's report on time.

Stephen Eric Dearden, 39, admitted 1980, a partner at material time in firm of Higgins & Co, Birkenhead, fined £100 and ordered to pay £700 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed or failed with reasonable expedition to act in accordance with terms of undertaking given in course of practice.

John Howard Clydesdale Search, 49, admitted 1973, practised at material times as Search & Co, Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,103 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to deliver accountant's report on time, failed to reply to letters from Solicitors Complaints Bureau promptly or at all and failed to reply to correspondence from other solicitors or clients.