Andrew Iyer, the former Ince & Co partner who admitted stealing £3m from his firm and clients, was jailed at the Old Bailey yesterday for four years and eight months.

Ince & Co suspended Iyer and notified the police back in July 2010. But the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow. Despite Iyer admitting the theft, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal didn't get round to striking him off until February last year. And it's taken another twelve months to bring him to justice and send him down for forgery and false accounting.

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A spokeswoman for Ince & Co said that "we reported this matter immediately to the police and the SRA when it was uncovered in July 2010. The clients affected have been reimbursed and we are grateful that all of them continue to support us today. As far as the crime against the firm and our clients is concerned, the prosecution and sentencing were expected and the process is now complete".

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