Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/11/97

Michael John Jervis, admitted 1970, practising at material time on own account in Leamington Spa, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,157 costs. Allegation substantiated that he failed to comply with a decision of an assistant director of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal was told that he failed in divorce proceedings to deal with a wife's solicitor's enquiries, which resulted in his client, the husband, having an order made against him endorsed with a penal notice. He was ordered by the assistant director to pay back to his client any money received by him in respect of costs. Jervis was previously before the tribunal in 1991 when he was fined £4,000 for, among other things, using client money for his own purpose. Tribunal said it was deeply concerned that he did not appear to have learned anything from his previous appearance.

Cynthia Mary Griffiths, solicitor's clerk, employed by Cyril Morris Arkwright, Bolton, from 12 February 1990 to 27 July 1994, banned from working for any further solicitors without the written consent of the Law Society and ordered to pay £870 general costs and £2,788 costs of the investigation accountant. Allegation substantiated that she mis- appropriated funds held or received by the firm for and on behalf of clients.

Andreas Theophanous Nicolaou, 65, admitted 1968, practising at material time in partnership as A Nicolaou & Co, Haringey, London, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £692. Allegations substantiated that he was guilty of excessive delay in obtaining Remuneration Certificates from the Law Society Council, and failed to comply with decision of the compliance and supervision committee to produce certificates within a specified time. Tribunal said that it took a serious view of solicitors who delayed in making applications for Remuneration Certificates when properly requested by clients and who did not comply with decisions made by their professional body within time limits laid down therein. The tribunal was, however, relieved to find that he had put his house in order, albeit somewhat late.