Explosive allegations surface in Halliwells court case

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  • Have the administrators reported this to the SRA?
    If not, why not.

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  • And still the SRA remain silent...

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  • Oh dear!!!
    Explosive indeed. The lid has finally been blown off.
    Now that allegations of this nature have been aired in open court the likelihood of an SRA investigation must be very high.
    What the scope of any investigation would be is a very interesting question given the serious allegations that have been made in relation to Halliwells, including in the comments section of this website. It would be a fascinating but difficult task I suspect!
    Interesting questions too for Addleshaws' compliance people - presumably any information they hold on these allegations will be passed to the SRA, notwithstanding that it might not be in the interests of the liquidators to do so.... and what about the mediation, is that really an appropriate forum for hearing a case when in related proceedings the court has heard very serious allegations about the conduct of solicitors, who are officers of the court...? Surely these issues should be dealt with in open court, with the SRA in attendance as an interested party?
    Lots to chew on.
    Would be great if the Lawyer could now follow up its interview with Ian Austin....

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  • No doubt, this is all just some misfortunate misunderstanding. The happy news is that the metadata (or electronic fingerprints) of the document will show when it was first created, when and how it was subsequently altered and, in each case, by whom. This can then be cross-checked against the email trail.
    Tick, tick, tick...

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  • But are the allegations actually true?

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  • Who altered the minutes? Which partners in particular are alleged to have altered the minutes? Were the minutes actually altered or merely redacted. the former is probably more culpable than the latter although both involve an attempt to deceive ones colleagues and mark a level of dishonesty not tolerable in lawyers? These are questions of great public concern as many of the partners have gone on to other positions, some now hold public office, and if it is the case that particular partners altered the minutes the question arises as to thier fitness to hold public office and/or continue as solicitors. There must also be concern for those partners who were not party to altering the minutes and are being tarred by the same brush. It is in the interests of all concerned that the guilty parties be named.

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  • What exactly do you have to do before the SRA steps in? Torture kittens? Human sacrifice?

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  • Given that one of the former partners tarred with these allegations is president of the chamber of commerce in Sheffield it is high time that the person concerned step down until she clears her name - if that is possible.

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  • If someone - our former partners, BDO, Deloittes (the firm's and our own personal tax accountants), Dow Schofield Watts and any one else who entered into an engagement letter with Halliwells LLP and provided advice - would care to disclose to us the actual state of affairs and their actual advice to our late-lamented managing partners, it would be very helpful. Instead, we see allegations of equitable fraud playing out across a court room, are refused access to our papers and are threatened by BDO.

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  • Was not John Lord an equity partner at Halliwells until late 2010 ?

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