SRA intervenes into Abode Solicitors
4 October 2013
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is due to intervene into the practice of Abode Solicitors at The Studio, Greengate, Cardale Park, Harrogate. The grounds of intervention are:
- Failure to comply with the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 1998 and the SRA Accounts Rules 2011
- It was necessary to exercise powers of intervention in relation to Mr Rajob Ali and Abode Solicitors Limited to protect the interests of their clients (or former of potential clients) or the beneficiaries of any trust of which they are or were trustee
An intervention means the SRA has closed a firm with immediate effect. We will stop the firm from operating, take possession of all documents and papers held by the firm (including clients' papers), and take possession of all money held by the firm (including clients' money). We are not responsible towards employees or trade creditors of firms that we have intervened in.
The SRA has appointed an agent to deal with all matters currently held by Abode Solicitors. The agent will assess all on-going matters and deal with those of greatest need first.
The SRA's archive team will take control of all documents held by the firm. Clients of Abode Solicitors do not need to contact either the agent or the SRA at this time.
At this stage of the SRA's work, no further details can be disclosed. It is only if disciplinary proceedings become necessary that any information is released into the public domain.
Further information about interventions is available here:
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Disciplinary proceedings could either be a sanction carried out by the SRA if agreed by one its independent adjudicators, and could be as severe as a reprimand or a £2,000. If it is decided that a stiffer punishment is required, the SRA will prosecute the matter at the independent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
The SDT can levy fines of more than £2,000 and is the only body that can order a solicitor be removed from the Roll. Further information on the SDT is available here:
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