Two Milford Haven solicitors to face disciplinary hearing
10:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
TWO Milford Haven solicitors will appear before a disciplinary tribunal in London later this month.
It follows the sudden closure of Eaves Solicitors of Barrallier House on Milford Marina on December 21 last year.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority, an independent regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales, intervened in the business over concerns about the way it was being run.
Its panel of adjudicators opted to take that action because ‘there was a reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Simon William Griffiths in connection with his practice as a solicitor at Eaves Solicitors; and that Mr Griffiths had failed to comply with rules made by virtue of section 32 of the Solicitors Act 1974’.
Mr Griffiths’ practising certificate was automatically suspended until the case reaches a resolution.
Following the intervention, the SRA took possession of all the firm’s documents, papers and money.
It also assigned an agent to deal with all ongoing matters.
The SRA can, if necessary and where appropriate, take disciplinary proceedings which can lead to reprimand or a £2,000 fine.
If a stiffer punishment is deemed appropriate, it can prosecute matters at the Independent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal which can order a solicitor to be removed from the Roll.
The Tribunal adjudicates on alleged breaches of the rules and regulations applicable to solicitors and their firms, including The Solicitors’ Code of Conduct 2007.
The rules and regulations are specifically designed to protect the public, including consumers of legal services, and to maintain the public’s confidence in the reputation of the solicitors’ profession for honesty, probity, trustworthiness, independence and integrity.
Mr Griffiths will be joined by Sarah Gwendolen Griffiths at a two-day hearing in London, starting on Tuesday, October 22.
Their case will be heard by a panel made up of two solicitors and one lay member and any final decision will be subject to a right of appeal to the High Court.