The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been ordered to pay £14,000 in costs by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after a law firm senior partner was cleared of a number of allegations.
The tribunal confirmed to the Gazette today that allegations against Nicholas Aldous Attwell, founder and senior partner of Ipswich and London property firm Attwells Solicitors, were not proved following a four-day hearing last week.
It confirmed that, prior to the hearing, the regulator withdrew other allegations against the firm with the tribunal’s permission.
The regulator had published a notice on its website last month stating that Attwell had been referred to the tribunal in relation to three allegations.
The tribunal’s judgment will be published in the next few weeks.
The tribunal confirmed to the Gazette that no costs order was made in respect of Attwell.
The SRA was ordered to pay the firm’s costs of and incidental to the application and enquiry in the sum of £14,000 plus VAT.
In a statement, Attwell said: ‘Whilst I am pleased that the allegations against me have been dismissed, as I always believed they would be, I remain dissatisfied with the conduct of the SRA. It is a particular disappointment to me that the SRA saw fit to prosecute these allegations without ever speaking to me or conducting a proper investigation into the matter.'
He added: 'I, and my firm, are taking advice on the question of bringing a formal complaint against the SRA in relation to its conduct of these proceedings.’