Senior Clarke Willmott partner gets the chop

Clarke Willmott has expelled a long-serving partner after allegations of financial irregularities.

Stephen Allinson, a partner in the West Country firm’s Taunton office, left last December. He had been with the firm for 20 years, specialising in insolvency law.

The allegations arose out of expenses claims made by Allinson.

Clarke Willmott managing partner David Sedgwick told The Lawyer that Allinson had immediately been referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for further investigation.

The SRA refused to comment on its ongoing investigations. Staff and clients were informed of Allinson’s departure the morning after he left. Sedgwick said no client money was involved.

Allinson was unavailable for comment.

The news comes just two weeks after Berwin Leighton Paisner real estate partner Vinay Veneik resigned from the firm amid accusations of failing to pay stamp duty and register transfer of properties.

Sedgwick said Clarke Willmott remained committed to the Taunton office, despite rumours of its demise.