Dear Alderman Robinson,
Thank you for your letter of 9th August and I apologise for the delay in replying to you. I had in fact drafted a reply to your letter when it occurred to me that I was in some difficulty from a legal point of view. We are dealing with the affairs of Mr. Frederick Andrews Junior, a person who it has been established from the beginning of 1970, if not before, was incapable of dealing with his own affairs. During the period from 1972 until the Official Solicitor took over he was a client of this firm and therefore I am in the position of dealing with the confidentiality involved in a client/solicitor relationship. When his affairs then came into the hands of the Official Solicitor I believe that that difficulty continues.
In the circumstances I forwarded to the Official Solicitor my proposed reply to your letter, with a request that I be entitled to send it to you.
Some of the figures referred to in the two Agreements to which you refer in your letter of the 9th August are identical and therefore there is no necessity for me to comment on that part of the two documents. These are the figures of £378 and £4,095 referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3 of the December 1985 Agreement, and paragraph 1 of the 1986 Agreement. Also paragraphs 4, 5 and 6 appear to be identical.
That leaves the differences between the two documents as:-
(i) the figure of £41,165 referred to in paragraph 1 of the 1985 Agreement;
(ii) the figure of £45,125 in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the March 1986 Agreement; and
(iii) the figure of £35,000 referred to in paragraph 2 of the March 1986 Agreement - this figure does not appear at all in the December 1985 Agreement.
In the absence of any other claims by the Official Solicitor there really is nothing further for us to do. If something else were to come to light we would afford to the Official Solicitor the same assistance that we have throughout his investigation, in an attempt to ensure that any wrongs suffered by the Patient are put to rights. However, I am not aware of any action which we are being asked to take, and therefore the answer to your question at present is that we are not taking any further action.
I hope the above is of some assistance.
T. A. BURGESS
[This Mr. Burgess is a former head of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Here in this letter Burgess has admitted in writing, quote, "During the period from 1972 until the Official Solicitor took over he was a client of this firm", Tughan & Co. Why did Brian Hall protect this firm of solicitors by refusing to summons them to Court for criminal activity in their handling of Freddie's estate?]