Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/06/97

Robert Jarrett Whitehead, admitted 1966, Paul Jeffrey Buckingham, admitted 1971, Barry Norman Whitehead, admitted 1970, Peter David Wiseman, admitted 1970, Jan Anthony Jellema, admitted 1975, practising at material times in partnership as Rutherfords fined respectively £5,000, £1,000, £1,000, £1,000 and £1,000, and each ordered to pay £1,750 costs. Allegations substantiated they failed to account for commission in excess of £10, failed to establish or maintain central register of matters, failed to ascertain facts about clients personal and financial position or the suitability of investments for the clients contrary to Solicitors Investment Business Rules, failed to provide a buyers' guide to certain clients.

Ruth Ann Shaw, clerk with Robert Wade & Co, Abergavenny, Gwent, at material times banned from working for further solicitors without written consent from Law Society. Allegations substantiated that she was guilty of improper use of client funds. Investigation accountant's report revealed shortfall of £24,509 arising as consequence. One incident involved payment of £16,787 from firm's client account to another firm of solicitors in respect of purchase of public house for Shaw.

Nigel Francis Taylor, admitted 1975, practising at material times in partnership of William Bache & Sons, West Bromwich, struck off and ordered to pay £4,115 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client account money, misappropriated client funds for his own purposes, provided false information to building society clients for purposes of assisting in obtaining mortgage advances. When interviewed by investigation accountant, Taylor admitted instigating improper withdrawals from his firm's client bank account and personally benefiting to a minimum of £47,129. Tribunal told Taylor had since been convicted of a number of criminal offences of dishonesty. Tribunal said such behaviour could only tarnish the reputation of the profession.