Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 9/12/97

Christopher Jackson, 43, admitted 1987, practising at material time as Simon Jackson and Co, Taunton, struck off and ordered to pay £778 costs. Allegations substantiated that he had been convicted of offences of indecent assault. Tribunal recognised that offences were in no way connected with his position as a solicitor and that they were not of the most serious type. However, it said he had indecently assaulted female children while teaching them to play the oboe. A teacher enjoyed a position of trust and abuse of such trust by a member of the solicitors' profession brought the whole profession into disrepute and such behaviour would not be tolerated.

Alphonso Constantine Wynter, 39, admitted 1984, practising at material time in partnership as Hallmark Atkinson Wynter, Brixton, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,292 costs. Allegations substantiated that he was guilty of unreasonable delay in the administration of an estate, failed to reply to letters from other solicitors and the Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB), and failed to comply with directions made by the adjudication committee of the Law Society. Tribunal recognised what has become known as the "rogue file syndrome" and said that from time to time it dealt with solicitors who appeared to become paralysed when required to deal with a particular file. Tribunal sympathised but could not overlook his failure to respond to other solicitors and letters from his own professional body. Tribunal considered it appropriate to impose a substantial fine.

Dennis Patrick O'Donoghue, 37, admitted 1987, practising at material time on own account as J Broadbent & Co, Huddersfield, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,316 costs. Allegation substantiated that he had failed to reply to correspondence from the SCB and the Office of the Supervision of Solicitors . Tribunal said he had not given any explanation to his own professional body and had ignored a letter from his local law society. Tribunal was concerned that he appeared to be unaware of the seriousness of his failures. It said that delay in dealing with client matters and other solicitors caused frustration, anxiety and, ultimately, expense.