Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 26/11/96

Jeffrey Doss-Lindsey, admitted 1995, struck off. Allegations substantiated he was liable to have his name struck off on account of his failure to comply with requirements in respect of service under articles and with the Training Regulations 1989 and that he had been guilty of conduct unbefitting a solicitor in that he failed to bring to the attention of the Law Society matters within his knowledge which question his fitness to be a solicitor. Tribunal was told that he obtained employment with solicitors Slaughter and May, Allison & Humphreys and US attorneys White & Case by means of deceit and forgery. Tribunal said he had been guilty of lies, deceit and forgery in connection with his academic and professional qualifications. Among other things he held himself out to have a first class honours degree from Oxford University and to be holder of a Fulbright Scholarship when neither claim was true.

Graham Arthur Dickinson, 53, admitted 1968, practising at material times as Daltons, Fareham, fined £1,000. Allegations substantiated he failed to maintain properly written books, failed to pay clients' funds into a client account contrary to the rules, used client funds for his own purposes. Tribunal accepted explanation of Dickinson that there had been no question of dishonesty but stressed that solicitors were responsible for ensuring that mistakes were not made.

Hilary Louise Stone, 51, admitted 1970, practising in partnership at material times as Shindler & Co, struck off. Allegations substantiated she drew client money and used it for her own purposes, failed to keep properly written books, caused false entries to be made into her firm's books. Tribunal told Stone admitted misusing £453,000 client funds and that as result of her activities Solicitors Indemnity Fund was exposed to a substantial claim. Tribunal said that from letters written in support of Stone she was clearly held in high regard but there was no alternative but striking off.