Money used without authority and not kept safely are among allegations that have led a solicitor to be referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
A decision published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority yesterday emphasises that the allegations against Nicholas Aldous Attwell, founder and senior partner of Ipswich and London property firm Attwells Solicitors, are subject to a tribunal hearing and are as yet unproven.
According to the decision, the tribunal has certified that there is a case to answer in respect of three allegations.
The first allegation is that Attwell failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public placed in him and in the provision of legal services in that money received from an individual was used without authority and the money was not kept safely.
The second allegation is that Attwell failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public placed in him and in the provision of legal services when, as a party to an email exchange, he failed to correct misleading information.
The third allegation relates to the SRA accounts rules.
In a statement to the Gazette, Attwell said: 'Attwells have fully cooperated with the investigation and deny all allegations. Whilst legal proceedings are active, we are not in a position to comment further.'
Update: The tribunal confirmed on 27 September 2016 that the allegations had not been proven. It ordered the SRA to pay the firm's costs.