Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/01/97

Dennis Owen Williams, admitted 1979, struck off April 1993, refused restoration to Roll and ordered to pay £693 costs. The tribunal was told that Williams, of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, was struck off after allegations were substantiated that he improperly transferred client money to his office account, failed to pay part of his insurance indemnity, acted contrary to duty to act in good faith and best interests of clients, deceived Law Society intervening agents as to whereabouts of the keys to his business premises and breached an undertaking not to enter premises himself, and failed to produce client files for inspection by investigating accountant. Williams told the tribunal that if restored to the Roll he intended to seek employment with the CPS. The tribunal said it could find no exceptional circumstances to persuade it to grant the application made only three years after Williams was struck off.

Kenneth William Wood, 53, admitted 1969, practising at material times as Beverley & Wood, Scunthorpe, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £4,846 costs. Allegations were substantiated that he failed to reply to correspondence from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau and other solicitors, failed to deliver up deeds and documents in response to proper requests, unreasonably delayed conduct of professional business, failed to account properly to client, failed to comply with the decision of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, failed to pay counsel's fees when due, and failed to provide books of account for inspection. The tribunal said that it could not escape the conclusion that there had been an "appalling catalogue of complaints and failures" against Wood.

Richard Robert Hallmark, 48, admitted 1974, practising under own name in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £837 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to comply with the directions of the assistant director of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The tribunal was told that Hallmark failed to comply with an order that he pay £1,000 to a complainant following a complaint to the bureau. The tribunal said it was unable to adopt a lenient view towards solicitor who had been in "flagrant non-compliance" of direction of his own professional body.

Philip Nigel Rees, 42, admitted 1978, practising at material times in partnership of James Jones Son & Francis, Llandysul, Ceredigion, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £948 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed, or failed with reasonable expedition, to reply to correspondence from clients and from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal said it took the view that Rees had, in reality, "put his head in the sand" and that he had brought matters upon himself.