Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/2/98

Charles Anthony Darnell, 43, admitted 1978, employed at material time by David Matthews & Co, Liverpool, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £850. He had been convicted of two offences of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. On 29 April 1997 he had appeared before Chester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug MDMA and to supply a Class B drug amphetamine and on 1 May 1997 and was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. Tribunal said he had been convicted of a serious criminal offence and had brought shame on the profession.

Alexander James Lacey, solicitors' clerk employed as office assistant with Masons, London EC1 from 30 December 1992 until 1 December, 1995 banned from further employment by a solicitor without permission of the Law Society and ordered to pay £718 costs. Allegation substantiated he had been convicted of theft rendering his continued employment by a solicitor undesirable. He stole £4,500 from his former employers between January and November 1995, was placed on probation for two years and was required to attend groups as directed by his probation officer. Tribunal noted the psychological assessment before them and expressed sadness at difficulties he had encountered.

Jeanette Margaret Goldstein, 44, admitted in 1979, practising at material time as Jeanette Goldstein at Altrincham, Cheshire, struck off and ordered to pay 90 per cent costs to be taxed or agreed. Tribunal suspended the operation of the order to enable her to make an orderly disposal of her practice so as to protect her clients. Allegation substantiated that she procured witnessing of a document purporting to be the will of a late client in improper circumstances. Witnessing was not in the presence of the testatrix and another witness. Tribunal said she had not displayed the probity, trustworthiness and integrity required of a solicitor.