In December 2006 the LS DT found Thomas Byrne guilty of misconduct in that he, among other things,
(1) allowed a deficit of 1.7m on his client account
(2) "allowed personal transactions of the solicitor himself to be drawn on the client bank account, where no cleared funds were held on his behalf."
Details on p 53-4 of March 2007 Law Gazette
Any time I ever discussed the mechanics of client accounts with solicitors they displayed massive levels of paranoia about their accuracy.
Can anybody think of any reason why a person found guilty of the above should be allowed to continue practising?