The Solicitors Regulation Authority today closed a fifth firm in the space of a week following suspicions of dishonesty.
The regulator intervened into Huddersfield firm Taylor Knight and Wolff Ltd citing reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of manager Kamar Khan. The firm specialised in personal injury, medical negligence, conveyancing and immigration.
Khan, whose LinkedIn profile states he has been with the firm since September 2011, has had his practising certificate immediately suspended.
North-west firm Stephensons Solicitors has been appointed as the intervening agent.
Last Friday, the SRA also intervened into Croydon firm Cook & Partners, a firm which offered advice on land and property disputes in the Caribbean. It is understood the practice also operated from an office in Kingston, Jamaica.
The SRA cited reason to suspect dishonesty and a failure to comply with rules made under sections 31 and 32 of the Solicitors Act 1974 on behalf of Ian James Douglas.
Christopher James Cook, who founded the practice in 1981, was also suspected of breaching Solicitors Act rules. Both have had their PCs immediately suspended. The firm’s website is not currently working.
A second Croydon firm, Aiston Solicitors, was closed on 8 April due to reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Neil Aiston. Manchester firm Shacklocks LLP is the intervening agent.
In Wakefield, the SRA has closed down Dixon Coles & Gill and made three solicitors at the firm also subject to intervention.
Linda Mary Box is suspected of dishonesty and breaches of Solicitors Act rules, while Julian Sanderson Gill and Julia Helen Wilding are suspected of rule breaches.
The firm’s website has a message saying it has closed and to call intervening agent Gordons LLP for further information.
According to the Dewsbury Reporter, Linda Box was last year appointed as chancellor of Southwell Diocese in Nottinghamshire, becoming the first solicitor to take up such a position.
In a statement, West Yorkshire Police confirmed they are investigating allegations of fraud against a solicitors' firm in Wakefield.
The statement added: ‘A 66-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the investigation and has been released on police bail. Enquiries are ongoing.’
Finally, sole practitioner Habibullah Khan, from Morden firm H K Solicitors, is subject to intervention due to suspicions of dishonesty.