On 3 July 2017, the Adjudication Panel of the SRA resolved to intervene into the above-named practice and the practice of Piers Matthew Beach, formerly at 161 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 3PD and 2 Station Road, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9HD.

Ground of intervention in relation to Piers Matthew Beach: Piers Matthew Beach had failed to comply with the SRA Principles 2011, the SRA Code of Conduct 2011, the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007, The Guide to the Professional Conduct of Solicitors (7th and 8th editions) and the Solicitors Practice Rules 1990, which are rules made under section 31 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended).

Ground of intervention in relation to Wills Chandler Beach Ltd: Wills Chandler Beach Ltd and Piers Matthew Beach as its manager had failed to comply with the principles, the 2011 code, the 2007 code, the guide, and the practice rules, which are rules applicable to it by virtue of section 9 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985 (as amended).

Susie Dryden of Blake Morgan, New Kings Court, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh SO53 3LG, tel: 02380 857270, email: interventions@blakemorgan.co.uk, has been appointed as the SRA’s agent. The first date of attendance was 6 July.

Beach’s current practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.