Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/05/96

John Edward Adams, 63, admitted 1956, practised at material time in Bow, London, E3, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,273 costs. Allegations substantiated he drew client money and used it for his own benefit, failed or alternatively delayed effecting reconciliations of his client bank account. Tribunal told there were no allegations of dishonesty. Adams before tribunal in 1993 when he was fined £2,500 for delay relating to correspondence from other solicitors and Solicitors Complaints Bureau.

Philip Graham Rees, practising at material time in partnership as Bowen-Rees-Jones, Risca, Gwent, struck off and ordered to pay £5,010 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly used client money for his own purposes, caused false entries to be made in his books of account, received client money and failed to pay it into client account, failed to honour terms of undertaking given in his practice as solicitor or failed to honour undertaking with reasonable expedition, failed to reply to correspondence from building society client and bank. Tribunal told that at best there had been improper use of client money but it was considered Rees had acted dishonestly. Rees previously before Tribunal in 1995 when allegations that he failed or delayed filing of an accountants report were substantiated.

Anelay Colton Wright, Hart, 62, admitted 1961, practising at material times in partnership as Appleby Hope & Matthews, Normanby, Middlesborough, struck off and ordered to pay £1,025. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated client money and wrongly used it for purposes of other clients, caused accounts books to be improperly written, misled client. Tribunal told case was one of serious dishonesty in which large sums of clients' money had been taken.

Varayh Annette Clair de Grandis Harrison, 52, admitted 1980, practising on own account in London E7 at material times, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,321. Allegations substantiated she failed to pay counsel's fees when they fell due. Tribunal told fees were due to Nicholas Asprey. Six reminder fee notes had been sent to Harrison and two reminder letters. She had not challenged the fees but they had not been paid. Tribunal said failure to pay fees was regarded as serious professional misconduct.