In brief: Thieving solicitor has sentence cut

A Sussex solicitor who stole over £5 million of clients' money had his sentence cut from 10 years to eight by the Criminal Appeal Court last week. Graham Maurice Durnford Ford, 53, from Battle in East Sussex, was sentenced to 10 years last December on 10 sample counts of theft. Hastings firm Durnford Ford collapsed in 1992, days after the fraud was discovered by other partners. Lord Justice Staughton said: “Eight years will no doubt be quite long enough to deter other solicitors from such disgraceful conduct. Ford has been struck off the Law Society roll.”