Conveyancing firms closed down by regulator

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has closed down two law firms whose services included conveyancing.

The SRA said that intervention in the firm, Robin F Clark, in Gravesend, Kent, was necessary because Mr Clark, its sole principal, had failed to comply with SRA Principles 2011 and the Solicitors Accounts Rules 2011.

Interventions prevent the solicitor from acting on behalf of clients. This can be conducted even if the regulator is yet to have made findings against the individual.

In cases of intervention, the SRA appoints other solicitors to collect clients’ files. Susie Dryden of Blake Morgan LLP, New Kings Court, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, was appointed as the intervening agent.

Anyone with inquiries can contact her by emailing

In Ilford, Essex, the SRA stepped in last October to intervene in the affairs of conveyancing specialist Nationwide Solicitors, seizing funds held by the firm and stopping it from operating. The firm has now been wound up.

The intervening firm appointed was Russell-Cooke Solicitors, 2 Putney Hill, London, SW15 6AB. Tel: 020 8394 6400.


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