01 November 2018

A solicitor has been struck off for continuing to practise after his firm shut down. 

Huw Price was the sole solicitor of Valleys Law which was based in Wales (clue's in the name). The firm closed in April 2015, but Price seems to have found it difficult letting the business go. He continued to do family law work under the defunct firm's name and sent correspondence using the firm's headed paper. Two law firms reported Price and the SRA investigated. Price lied to the regulatory body about details concerning the winding down of his firm, and failed to disclose that over £20,000 was still held in Valley Law's client account.

The SRA brought the matter to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, saying that Price continued to run the firm after it was closed without authorisation and in breach of his practising certificate. The SRA also stated that Price deceived them about the sum of money in the client account.

Valley
Welcome in his valley. How it might have looked

 

The tribunal held that Price must have been aware that his client account held more money than he had told investigators. It also slammed Price for following a "deliberate strategy to mislead" (i.e. he lied).

Price did not appear at the hearing to submit any points in mitigation, but emailed the tribunal to apologise. The tribunal struck Price off the roll and ordered that he pay £24,000 in costs. 

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ye gads 02 Nov 18

£24k in costs for this paltry matter? Looks like the SRA and SDT are bankrolling some individuals...

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