Ex-Halliwells partners face legal challenge from firm's administrators

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  • So far we have allegations of breaches of the rules viz a viz practice management to the degree that cheques were returned due to insufficient funds.
    Add to that allegations of actively misleading the banks (less than full disclosure leading up to the refinancing) misleading HMRC, fellow partners and prospective FSMs and is the SRA still not able to commence an investigation?
    I can understand why some investigations need to be kept under wraps before an intervention and the freezing of client and office monies but I am unable to see why the same might apply here.
    The SRA by not acting or publically stating that they are acting are undermining their own credibility and hence the profession as a whole.
    I wonder if we were delaing with a three partner high street firm (with BME partners) if things might be different and the PC's of those concerned suspended or have conditions attached?
    Sure no client monies were lost but there's still a hole north of £10m which needs filing and that's not something that I think the SRA can shrug its shoulders over and say 'it's a matter for the Courts to decide'.

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