Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 05/12/95

Donald Edwin Strong, 57, admitted 1960, sole practitioner at Tadworth, Surrey, at material times, struck off and ordered to pay £1,217 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly utilised client money for his own benefit, failed to maintain his accounts correctly and was guilty of unreasonable delay in completion of conveyancing formalities. Tribunal told investigation accountant established client account cash shortage of £21,000 and at time of tribunal hearing Law Society Compensation Fund had pending claims of £2,350 in respect of Strong's activities.

David Lawrence Kelly, 50, admitted 1970, practised on own account at Warrington, Cheshire, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £1,378 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised without correct current practising certificate and failed to deliver accountant's report on time. Kelly also before tribunal in 1990 when he was fined £1,500 for his "laissez faire" attitude towards accounting.

Jonathan Michael Bottoms and David Ronals Doorne, both 40, and both admitted in 1979, practised as Bottoms & Webb, Luton. Bottoms reprimanded and ordered to pay £401 costs. Doorne made subject of an order not to be re-admitted to roll following voluntary removal without Law Society consent and ordered to pay £2,202 costs. Allegations substantiated in Bottoms' case he failed to pay counsel's fees when due and unreasonably delayed procuring payment of counsel's fees. Bottoms' liability for the allegations against him was said to have been the "technical liability of a partner" while Doorne had instructed counsel concerned.

John Richard Owen McCarthy, solicitor's conveyancing clerk with Messrs Eric Robinson & Co, Bitterne, Southampton, April 1983 to November 1992, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society. Allegations substantiated he was sentenced to 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty in August 1993 to five offences of theft. Offences related to misappropriation of money belonging to his firm. The total loss suffered by the firm was in the region of £18,000.

John Andrew Lamb, 38, admitted 1982, practised as Lamb & Co, Cardiff, struck off and ordered to pay £1,583 costs. Allegations substantiated he had been convicted of dishonesty while practising as a solicitor. Tribunal told Lamb was jailed for four months at Cardiff Crown Court in September 1993 for theft. Subsequent appeal against conviction was dismissed but after appeal he was allowed immediate release from custody. Theft involved £3,000 obtained as a result of false completion of property transaction papers.