Keeble Hawson pays the price

Ten years ago Keeble Hawson bagged a Leeds office, setting it on course for a decade-long ride more rocky than the Pennines.

You might imagine the firm would entrust the role of running a new outfit to somebody senior. Instead it chose an assistant who had been with the firm for less than two years. A chap from the Sheffield office by the name of Charles Rothwell.

Rothwell had to manage a team of 30, which he was allegedly charged with radically overhauling.

Faced with resentment from the status quo, the need to inject a six-figure sum into the firm and what he claims was a brutal attitude towards underperformance from partners, Rothwell began moving around money from client accounts then deceiving partners as to the true state of affairs.

And the end of the story? Rothwell was investigated and struck off the roll. The new managing partner at Keeble Hawson’s Leeds office – Robert Brown – for his part, declines to comment.Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every day by subscribing to Lawyer News Daily.

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