A solicitor at international firm Clyde & Co has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over an alleged improper money transfer.

Charles Douglas Smith is claimed to have 'instructed and/or permitted the improper transfer(s) of money from the firm's client account to the firm's office account', the Solicitors Regulation Authority said in a notice published today.

The SRA says the tribunal has certified that there is a case to answer, but stressed that the allegations are subject to a hearing and 'are as yet unproven'.

The Law Society's 'Find a solicitor' database states that Smith, admitted in 2004, is a consultant at the London-headquartered firm.

Clyde & Co told the Gazette: 'We are aware of the Solicitors Regulation Authority decision in relation to Charles Smith, a junior partner at the firm from May 2013 to November 2015. The decision relates to how Charles, in his capacity as a department risk partner, processed a number of aged residual client account balances on historic cases. At the time we were working with the Solicitors Regulation Authority to improve our processes in this area. It would not be appropriate to comment further while the tribunal is pending.'