Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 23/01/96

David Henry Winston, admitted 1978, practised as Winston & Co, Notting Hill Gate, London W11, struck off. Allegations substantiated he practised in breach of condition imposed on practising certificate, practised without current certificate, was guilty of delay in conduct of business, deliberately or recklessly was party to production of false document claimed to be order of the court, deliberately or recklessly misled client, failed to reply to letters from other solicitors or Complaints Bureau, failed without reasonable excuse to hand over client papers, wrongly used client money.

John Martin Michael Black, 44, admitted 1990, practising as Black & Co, Manchester, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £963 costs. Allegations substantiated he provided information knowing it to be false and misleading to a third party during the course of practising as a solicitor.

George Fairbrother, unadmitted clerk with Duffield Harrison, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, banned from working for any solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay costs of £970. Allegations substantiated he was jailed for 18 months at St Albans Crown Court in October 1992 after admitting one count of forgery, one of false accounting and four of theft.

Richard Andrew David Pugh, 45, admitted 1977, practised with Moss & Co, Teddington, fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £1,337 costs. Allegations substantiated he acted in a way in which conflict of interest arose or could have arisen and failed to ensure client's best interests were protected.

Philip Watson Straw, 49, admitted 1986 after previously being called as barrister, practised as Straw & Co, North Shields, struck off and ordered to pay £3,623 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly misappropriated client funds for own purposes, drew client money in breach of accounts rules, failed to maintain properly written accounts books.

Aidan Paul Harvey, of Glazer Delmar, London SE15, would like to point out he is in no way connected to Aidan Neil Harvey, of Tyne and Wear partnership John D Williams & Co, reported in The Lawyer 9 January disciplinary tribunals.