Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/07/96

Richard Ward Slocombe, 50, admitted 1972, practising at material time in partnership with Bird Franklin, Oxford, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,121 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of inordinate and inexcusable delay in conduct of professional business, failed to reply to correspondence from client and from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Slocombe told tribunal he was under financial pressure at the time of complaints referred to.

John Elmer Williams, 63, admitted 1962, practising at material time as WE Llewellyn & Williams, Ammanford, Dyfed, reprimanded and ordered to pay £1,750 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to deliver up papers to other solicitors promptly upon request and failed to comply with decisions of adjudication and appeals committee of Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal accepted matters complained of occurred as result of error on the part of the respondent.

David Huw LLewelyn, 38, admitted 1981, practising at material times as David Llewelyn & Co, St Helens, Merseyside, suspended for three years and ordered to pay £2,644 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to account to a client in respect of money held by him, failed to deliver client papers in accordance with the authority of clients, failed to reply to or alternatively respond with reasonable expedition to correspondence directed to him by clients, other solicitors and the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau, and was guilty of unreasonable delay in dealing with client affairs. Llewelyn previously before tribunal in 1994 when he was fined £5,000. Tribunal said while Llewelyn was not guilty of dishonesty his behaviour had been unacceptable.

Michael Coventry, 49, admitted 1970, practised on own behalf in Palmers Green, London, struck off and ordered to pay £1,105 costs. Allegations substantiated he acted towards a client in circumstances where conflict of interest might occur, failed to honour terms of undertakings given by him to clients and failed to respond to correspondence from other solicitors and Solicitors Complaints Bureau.

Murgesu Neminathan, 54, admitted 1981, refused restoration to the roll. Neminathan, practising as assistant solicitor with Julius Melchior at material times, struck off in 1986 for unbefitting conduct after imposition of suspended prison sentence for conspiracy to execute valuable security by deception. Tribunal said that however sympathetic it was towards Neminathan it was right that it should “harden its heart” and refuse his application for restoration.