136 law firms forced to close


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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has taken the unusual action of publishing the names of 136 firms that are being forced to close.

The companies are being shut down as a result of failing to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII) by the October 1st deadline and did not obtain new cover during the Extended Policy Period (EPP).

The EPP was introduced for the first time this year and gave firms an extended period of indemnity insurance for 90 days. Firms that did not obtain new indemnity cover during the EPP, namely by 29th December 2013, had to close their practice and are not insured to practise after that date.

In early January, brokers raised concerns over the SRA’s handling of the PII renewal process after the regulator admitted it had lost track of some uninsured firms (8th January 2014).

The SRA does not normally publish the names of closed firms because firms have an obligation to inform clients and others that they are closing down. Their decision on this occasion to publish the names in the interests of protecting consumers and third parties. Publishing the names adds an extra layer to the protection already in place.

The regulator said most of the firms involved have co-operated with the forced wind-down process the SRA imposes when insurance is not secured, but that there were a “small number of firms that failed to close properly and they are subject to ongoing robust action”.

There has been some confusion over how claims arising from firms that have failed to shut down as the SRA has prescribed would be handled. It is thought that the SRA’s discretionary compensation fund would kick in but the SRA’s rules state that the maximum grant that may be made from the fund is £2m, which would cover sole practitioners but represents a £1m shortfall on the statutory cover required for ABSs and LLPs.

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Among the firms on the SRA’s list are Leeds-based Rafique Partnership Solicitors Co Ltd, Devers & Co Solicitors, Kelly & Co, Richardson & Co Solicitors and Bradford-based Megsons Personal Injury Ltd.

The SRA is carrying out a full analysis of all those firms that entered the EPP and the way the legal profession is insured will be examined in the High Court this year in a major test case that could have implications for how all firms obtain indemnity cover.

Firms are aware that they should not undertake work without insurance, although clients have protection in these circumstances. If anyone has concerns that these firms are continuing to practise, they should inform the SRA via report@sra.org.uk and disciplinary action will be taken if that is the case. If clients believe these firms are continuing to progress their matters, they should contact a new solicitor immediately to take over the case.

 

SOLICITORS FORCED TO CLOSE

A J Bond & Co, 226a High Street, Bromley, Kent
A K Law Chamber, 178a High Street North, East Ham, London
Aaskells Solicitors and Advocates, Urban House, 43-45 Chase Side, Southgate, London
Addie & Co, 2nd Floor, 44 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London
Advocates Solicitors, 6 Connaught Road, Ilford, Essex
Affinity Solicitors Ltd trading as Adams Moore Family Law, Ashton House West, 409 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes
AH Law, 13 Nelson Road, London
AHM Law Ltd, Suite 19, 6 Claremont Road, Surbiton, Surrey
Alan Smeath & Co, 6 High Street, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes
Alastair J Brett, 18 Edenhurst Avenue, London
Andersons, Boswell Cottage, 19 South End, Croydon
Andersons (incorporating Stephen Webb & Co), 9A Cross Street, Eye, Suffolk
Andrew M Higgs & Co, Oakwood, Chase Lane, Haslemere, Surrey
Arona Sarwar LLP, 250 C Hoe Street, London
Asuelime Solicitors, 185a Dickenson Road, Manchester
Atharva & Co LLP, 5 Gladstone Place, Buckland, Portsmouth
B E Solicitors, 53 Fountain Street, Manchester
B K Ellis & Co, 78 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
BA Solicitors, 436 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham
Bagshawes Solicitors, Westerham House, Upton, Aylesbury
Bailey & Bailey, 82 Borough Road, Middlesbough
Barwise & Co Solicitors, The Magpie's Nest, 71 North Road, St Helens
Bernard Cordell, Flat 3, 3 Tasker Road, London
Blackstone Law Ltd, Samuel House, St Chads Street, Manchester
Bower Harris, South Central, 11 Peter Street, Manchester
Brooks & Associates Solicitors LLP, 43 Temple Row, Birmingham
CA Law Melbourne House, 27 Thorne Road, Doncaster
Castle legal LLP, Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone
Cato & Temple, 1 Fisher Lane, Bingham, Nottingham
Chris Dickins Parcton Law Chambers, 47-49 Laneham Street, Scunthorpe
City Law Solicitors, 12a Albany Road, Cardiff
Cole & Co, 23 Tombland, Norwich
Cooper Ford, The Island, St Anns Parade, Alderley Road, Wilmslow
Cope's Hamnetts, Kings Mympton, Devon
Crangle Edwards Solicitors, 159 Councillor Lane, Cheadle
Cray Valley Solicitors Ltd, 93 Cotmandene Crescent, Orpington
D Fisher & Co, 40 High Street, Borough Green, Kent
Dale R Walker, Suite 1, 145 High Street, Kent
David W Beech Solicitor, Foxglove House, 166 Piccadilly, London
Dennis Brown Solicitors, The Willows, Westwood Hill, Braiswick, Colchester
Devers & Co Solicitors, Devers House, PO Box 84, Sherburn - in - Elmet, Leeds
Diamond Solicitors Ltd, 108a Whitechapel Road, 2nd Floor, London
Duncan Moghal Solicitors & Advocates, 9 Gold Tops, Newport
Edward Daniel, Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard, London
EOS Law LLP, 82 King Street, Manchester
Epitome Law, St John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge
Exlex Solicitors, The Woodlands, 52 Grosvenor Road, Handsworth, Birmingham
Farmer Miller Nathan Gordon, 11 The Quadrant, Manor Park Crescent, Edgware
Fruhman Davies Livingstone, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester
FWD Law Ltd, 12 Clifton Road, St Woolos, Newport
Gavins Solicitors, 473 Archway Road, London
Gershon & Goldstein, 32 Cumberland Gardens, Hendon, London
Goldsworth Solicitors, Unit 6620 555 White Hart Lane, London
Graham Bash & Co, 26 Wattisfield Road, London
Grants Solicitors LLP, Suite 10, Airport House, Purley Way, Croyden
Guy & Hinton, Lilac Farm, Minskip, York
Guy C Littler, 98 Warwick Road, London
Hacking Ashton LLP, Berkeley Court, Borough Road, Newcastle
Hadley Law Associates LLP, 3 Union Street, Barnet
Harris Cartier Ltd, Queens House, 55-56 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London
Heer Manak Solicitors, 434 Foleshill Road, Coventry
Henshaw Solicitors, Blair House, 13 High Street, Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes
Hermeling Solicitors, 27 Birch Row, Bromley, Kent
Hilliers HRW Solicitors LLP, The Old Vicarage,132 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford
Hills Solicitors Ltd, New Mansion House, 63-65 Chorley New Road, Bolton
Hoganco, PO Box 1188, Worplesdon, Guildford
I A Morcowitz, 11 Viceroy Lodge, 143 Kingsway, Hove
I R Gannicott, Vine House, High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham
Ian Cowie, 14 Chaloner Street, Guisborough, Cleveland
ICS Solicitors, 35a Ecclesbourne Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey
Jacobs Solicitors, 451 Barking Road, East Ham, London
Jacobsens, 20 Enfield Walk, Brentford, Middlesex
Jacqueline Goodlad, 18 Mayo Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Jeanette M Silburn, 2 Dene Cottages, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire
Jeremy Jones, Little Orchard, Chapel Lane, Crawley Down
Jinnah Solicitors LLP, 229a High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex
John & Co Solicitors, Unit 45 Ground Floor, Camberwell Business Center, 99-103 Lomond Grove, London
John Halson Solicitors, 2 Bedford Road (Corner of County Road), Liverpool
John Morley & Company, 29-31 High Street, Rainham, Gillingham
John Neville & Co, 1st Floor / Suite 1, 135/143 Stockwell Road, London
Johnson & Clarence LLP, 6th Floor, 28-30 Cornhill, London
JST Lawyers, Colonial Chambers, 3-11 Temple Street, Liverpool
Kelly & Co, 49a St Paul's Street, Leeds
KKS Solicitors, 286 Mitcham Road, Croydon
Krish Solicitors, 86A High Street, Southall
L Sharma & Panaawala Solicitors, 2 Beal Road, Ilford, Essex
Lancasters, 11 Quay Road, Bridlington, North Humberside
Law Management, Dalton House, 60 Windsor Avenue, London
Lawvue Solicitors, 9 Wighton Mews, Isleworth
LeeLanes Solicitors LLP, 6th Floor, 28-30 Cornhill, London
Li & Co Solicitor, Flat 1, 162 Westbourne Park Road, London
Louis Ssekkono Solicitors, 1 Warmair House, Green Lane, Northwood, Middlesex
Lumsdons Solicitors LLP, Salford House, 29 Bridge Street, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire
M & S Legal, 2nd Floor, 75a King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire
M J O'Donoghue & Co, Bickfield Business Centre, High Road, Thornwood, Epping
Matthew John Green, 14 Carfax, Horsham, West Sussex
Megsons Personal Injury Ltd, Arndale House, Charles Street, Bradford
Nelson Nichols, 36a London Road, Portsmouth
Nelsons, Bell House, Bells Lane, Tenterden, Kent
Nicholas & Co, 75A High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Nicholas Hart Solicitors, Faygate Place, Wimlands Lane, Faygate, Horsham
Niman & Co, 10 Lockmead Road, London
Northfield Solicitors, 62 Spotland Road, Rochdale
Patrick Newman & Co, 3 Riverdale, Church Lane, Lewes
Peters & Company Solicitors, Terminus House, Terminus Street, Harlow
R S Gough & Co, Technology Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Wolverhampton
Rafiq Partnership Solicitors Co Ltd, 291 Roundhay Road, Leeds
RB Partnership Solicitors, Suite 125c, Building 3, North London Business Park Oakleigh Road South, London
Richardson & Co Solicitors LLP, Phoenix House, 3 South Parade, Leeds
Robin F Clarke & Co, 183A Parrock Street, Gravesend, Kent
Robinsons, 7 Queens Avenue, Dale Street, Liverpool
Rock Solicitors, Office 204, 11 Courtenay Road, East Lane Business Park, Wembley
Ronald Butler Lynton, South Drive, Tehidy, Camborne, Cornwall
Sampson & Co, 12 Church Green East, Redditch, Worcestershire
Saunders Bearman LLP, 60 Welbeck Street, London
Savages Solicitors, 4 Middle Street, Corbridge, Northumberland
Schneider Page, 18 North Tenter Street, Aldgate, London
Sheehans, 40/41A Alfred Street, Neath, West Glamorgan
Simon Bergin, 335 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire
Sweetmans Solicitors Ltd, Yew Tree Lodge, Bickley Moss, Whitchurch, Shropshire
T P Glover, 22 Home Croft Drive, Packington, Leicestershire
Taylor Legal Ltd, Unit 21, Brierley Business Centre, Mirion Street, Crewe
Teo & Co Solicitors, 238 Haggerston Road, London
The Compensation Clinic, 21a Bank Street, Ashford, Kent
Thomas Milner & Co, 41a Station Road, Littleport, Ely, Cambridge
Towells Solicitors, Thornhilll House, Thornhill Street, Wakefield
Trevor Lyttleton, 23 Bryanston Court, George Street, London
Trinity Solicitors LLP, 18 South Ealing Road, London
Vaughan & Co, 467a Otley Road, Leeds
W & J Solicitors, 109 Victoria Road, Romford
Waldegraves, Ealing House, 33 Hanger Lane, London
Werenowski Solicitors, 9 East Stockwell Street, Colchester
White Solicitors, 7 Mornington Road, Bingley
Widdows Mason, 20 King Street, Leigh
Wood-Atkins Commercial Law, The Old Post Office, 17 High Street, Aylesbury
WP Solicitors, 148 West Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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