Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/11/95

Geoffrey Catterall, 34, admitted 1986, practised as partner with Toller Beattie, Barnstaple, Devon, suspended indefinitely. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly utilised client money for benefit of other clients and drew client money in breach of accounting rules. Tribunal said: "It is a matter of great concern when a young and inexperienced solicitor, indeed at the outset of this case the respondent was a trainee who had not qualified, undertakes an intolerable, insufficiently supervised workload."

Kingsy Siu Kee Hung, 50, admitted 1982, and Simon Wai Ching Lin, 34, admitted 1989, practised in partnership as Kingsy Hung & Co, Gerrard Street, London, both struck off and ordered to pay £264 and £391 costs respectively. Allegations substantiated that at Southwark Crown Court in December 1993, they were convicted of conspiracy to handle stolen goods and that in January 1994 they were each jailed for three years. Tribunal told property involved in the charges against them was a £909,000 cheque drawn by the Inland Revenue in favour of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, which had been stolen in the post and which Hung and Lin had sought to dispose of in return for payment of a fee.

Michael Patrick Malone, solicitor's clerk with Atkinson, Cave & Stuart, Blackpool, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £650 costs. Allegations substantiated he swore an inaccurate affidavit designed to mislead court in support of an application to set aside a judgment.

Peter Nathaniel Ellis, 49, admitted 1971, practised at material times as P Ellis & Co and/or Peter Ellis & Co, West Kensington, London, fined £1,866 and ordered to pay £1,280 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep accounts properly, paid money into client account contrary to accounting rules, used client account money for own purposes, failed promptly to discharge his personal liability for payment of counsel's fees.