A LAWYER who admitted a string of charges was suspended indefinitely at a disciplinary hearing.
Solicitor Geoffrey Stuart Lawton, 63, of Crowther Road, Heckmondwike, practised on his own under the name of GS Lawton and Co, of North Lane, Headingley, Leeds.
He faced 11 allegations.
They included transferring costs from client to office bank accounts, resulting in a cash shortage in excess of £7,600; and failing to have appropriate qualifying insurance for 2000/2001.
Other allegations against Mr Lawton included failing to post an accounting report after an intervention in his practice and failing to comply with the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors. The organisation had ordered him to pay compensation to a client for inadequate professional services.
Rosemary Rollason, for the Law Society, told a disciplinary tribunal that the society did not allege dishonesty.
But she said an inspection of Mr Lawton's practice on February 25, 2002, found he had transferred costs from client to office accounts. This created a cash shortage of more than £7,600.
Mr Lawton did not appear and was not represented at the central London hearing.
But in correspondence he admitted the allegations.
Tribunal chairman Anthony Isaacs said Mr Lawton was suspended indefinitely from that moment. He was also told to pay costs, to be fixed after a detailed assessment.