The Solicitors Regulation Authority has closed City firm Rohrer & Co following an intervention, citing ‘reason to suspect dishonesty’.
The SRA said today that Rohrer, based in Finsbury Square, London, had failed to comply with the SRA Principles and Code of Conduct under the Administration of Justice Act 1985.
The regulator said it was necessary to exercise the intervention powers in relation to Rohrer to protect the interests of clients or former or potential clients, or the interests of the beneficiaries of any trust of which Rohrer or any manager or employee of Rohrer was a trustee, in accordance with paragraph 32(1)(e) of the act.
The statement said there is reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of a manager or employee of a recognised body in connection with the body's business, under paragraph 32(1)(d) of schedule 2 of the act.
The SRA also said it had reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Christopher Hale, solicitor at Rohrer, under paragraph 1(1)(a)(i) of schedule 1 of the Solicitors Act 1974. Grounds for intervention existed in order to protect the interests of clients or former or potential clients under the act, it said.
Hale, who was admitted in 2000, has worked at a solicitor at Rohrer since September 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Rohrer was formed in 2007 and previously traded under the names Bracewell Law and Legal Direct, according to Companies House records. The records say the firm is overdue in filing accounts due on 30 January.
According to its website, Rohrer & Co ‘is a full service law firm in London staffed by a team of commercially aware and highly qualified legal professionals’. It continues: ‘We're not like a traditional law firm. Rather, we're a team of lawyers and non-lawyers from various business backgrounds who bring an innovative and fresh approach to legal issues’.
Specialist firm Russell Cooke has been appointed as the intervening agent. Rohrer did not answer phone calls from the Gazette today.