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January 2014 - 1st Edition

136 law firms forced to close ically Leeds and Bradford solicitors publ n Authority named by the Solicitors Regulatio

By Anush Ansari

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 29 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 (8 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. Among the firms on the SRA’s

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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 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.

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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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