Preston city law firm closed down as regulators intervene

Closed down: Birleys Solicitors on Chain Caul Way, Preston
Closed down: Birleys Solicitors on Chain Caul Way, Preston
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A Preston-based law firm has been shut down by the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority.

Birleys Solicitors Ltd, of Chain Caul Way on Preston docks, has closed after an “intervention” by the regulatory authority.

The committee was satisfied that grounds for intervention existed under Paragraph 32(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Administration of Justice Act 1985 due to the failure of Birleys Solicitors Ltd to comply with rules applicable to it

The SRA has released no firm details, but it can intervene if it feels the regulations are not being adhered to, or clients’ interests and money is at risk.

According to Companies House, Birleys was established in 2009 and has two directors – Naveed Akbar and David Ahern.

It is not know how many employees it has.

The SRA says an intervention is a step taken to protect clients’ interests and money.

During an intervention, the SRA can stop the firm from operating and take possession of all documents and papers held by the firm; and take possession of all money.

The SRA said in a statement dated April 7: “The committee was satisfied that grounds for intervention existed under Paragraph 32(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Administration of Justice Act 1985 due to the failure of Birleys Solicitors Ltd to comply with rules applicable to it.

“The committee was further satisfied that grounds for intervention existed under Paragraph 32(1)(e) of Schedule 2 to the Administration of Justice Act 1985 as it was necessary to protect the interests of clients (or former or potential clients) of Birleys Solicitors Ltd.”

Neal Boland of Stephensons Solicitors of Leigh has been appointed as the intervening agent.

The SRA says it will now complete its investigation and decide on the appropriate course of action. No timescale has been given.

No-one was available to comment at Birleys.