Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 27/06/95

DAVID CHARLES WOODMAN, 49, admitted 1977, practised as Woodman Matthews & Co, Forest Gate, London E7, struck off and ordered to pay £642 costs. Allegations substantiated that Woodman, now living in Tenerife, Canary Islands, wrongly drew and used client money and abandoned his practice. Tribunal told bankruptcy order was made against Woodman in November 1991 and that he abandoned his practice the same month. Grants from the Law Society Compensation Fund at the time of the hearing already totalled £210,933 with outstanding claims for a further £69,271. Tribunal said Woodman had behaved in "entirely dishonourable manner" without any consideration for clients.

WILLIAM MOTTRAM, 66, admitted 1978, practised as William Mottram & Co, Walsall, struck off and ordered to pay £2,055 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for his own purposes or other parties not entitled to it, failed to pay client funds into client account and failed to maintain properly written books. Tribunal told that in September 1994 after

reports that Mottram had abandoned his practice leaving two letters for the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, a Law Society investigation accountant began an inspection of his accounts. Mottram was said to admit all allegations against him. Fifteen applications involving a total of £202,161 have been made to the compensation fund in respect of his activities. Tribunal said his behaviour had been "dishonest and despicable". Clients who had trusted him both as a solicitor and a friend had been let down badly.

ANDREW CHARLES BORCHERT, admitted 1968, practised under own name in Bradford, struck off and ordered to pay £1,805 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money, failed to keep accounts in accordance with rules. Tribunal told Law Society intervened in his practice in October 1994 on grounds of suspected dishonesty. Investigation accountant for Solicitors Complaints Bureau found books were not in compliance with accounting rules and contained numerous improper transfers from client to office bank account. Borchert said to have admitted misuse of a minimum of £95,540 of client funds. Compensation fund has received 18 applications in relation to Borchert's activities, and had paid out £99,144 at time of hearing. Further claims totalling £281,822 were pending. Tribunal said Borchert's behaviour had been "thoroughly dishonest" and there was no excuse for it.