AMONG the many cases of malpractices by solicitors recently brought to light, one is especially striking as seeming at variance with all probability. To suppose that a solicitor who has been President of The Incorporated Law Society and also chairman of its Disciplinary Committee could be guilty of diverting to his own use large sums belonging to clients, seems contrary to common sense. "Surely here is a man who may be implicitly trusted," would be the remark made to any one who doubted the wisdom of giving him unchecked administrative power. As we see, however, the scepticism would have been justified.
Not unfrequently I have been astonished at the confidence with which men deliver their securities and the control of important transactions to their legal agents. "Everybody does it," each thinks to himself, "and I suppose I may safely do it." This unlimited trust seems the more remarkable after considering the utter absence of trust shown by the