Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 23/07/96

Philip Redmond Nari, 50, admitted 1975, practising at material times in partnership with Tisdall Nelson Nari & Co, Hove, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,510 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep accounts properly, improperly used funds forwarded to him by a third party for his own purposes, misapplied funds forwarded to him by a third party. Tribunal accepted solicitors in high street practices had suffered considerably as result of recession and down-turn in property market. Respondent had been in parlous financial position and in view of mitigating factors the tribunal felt able to take lenient view.

Peter John Sale, 41, admitted 1979, practised with Barnes Harrild & Dyer, Croydon, struck off and ordered to pay £3,377 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly used client money for his own benefit; acted in breach of fiduciary relationship to client in raising bills in respect of work not done, or alternatively raised bills which constituted an improper overcharge for work alleged to have been done; failed to account in respect of client money; failed to pay client money into client account; wrongly drew client money; failed to keep properly written books. Tribunal told investigation accountant revealed minimum shortage of £24,549 on client account. Clients also said to have been over-billed to a minimum sum of £14,147 in respect of affairs of two estates.

Barry Francis Pamplin, managing clerk with J S Sierzant & Co, Chorley, Lancashire, cleared of allegations he occasioned or was party to an act of default in relation to practice he worked for. Alleged he used a blank client account cheque signed by his principal for the purposes of drawing from client account funds which could not properly be so drawn. Tribunal accepted there had been no dishonesty on the part of the respondent.

David Alun Parry, 44, admitted 1980, practising at material times with John Hughes Foulkes & Reeves, Wrexham, Clwyd, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,280 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to comply with decision of assistant director of Solicitors Complaints Bureau; was guilty of unreasonable delay in conduct of professional business; failed to reply to letters from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Tribunal told it was unclear whether Parry had been short of funds.