The High Court in London has granted unprecedented leave to serve a notice of bankruptcy petition against an untraceable former solicitor, by advertisement in the legal press. The action brought against William Relton, former head of William Relton & Co, relates to unpaid fees to legal recruitment consultancy Charles Fellowes Partnership. The notice has been placed in The Lawyer by the company. Martyn Libberson, of Birmingham firm Lee Crowder, said: “It is very unusual to get an order for substituted service against anyone, but I have never heard of one being served against a solicitor in this way.” Anthony Tomkins, head of Charles Fellowes, said that he had pursued the matter as “a point of principle”. Relton does not currently hold a practising certificate and his firm closed down following intervention by the Law Society in April 1996.
The Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL) has affiliated with London’s City University in a bid to meet increased competition. From this year, the ICSL has to compete with six other institutions for students after its historic monopoly on the training of barristers was scrapped by the Bar Council in 1995, following complaints about […]