Burnley solicitor faces £1m. theft charge

A Burnley solicitor is to appear before the town’s crown court after being charged with stealing more than £1m.

Monday, 14th July 2014, 11:00 am

Kimberley Bridge (42) is alleged to have stolen credit balances of £1,087,580 belonging to her former firm SFN Solicitors.

Bridge, of Cumbrian Way, Burnley, also faces three charges of false accounting by making or supplying an article for use in fraud.

Her sister Nicola Roach (34) of Bramley Avenue, Burnley, has been charged with the theft of credit balances of £141,741 and false accounting.

All the alleged offences are said to have taken place between May, 2006, and October, 2012.

Bridge was released on conditional bail to appear at Burnley Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on August 18th.

Bridge, a former partner at SFN Solicitors, of Red Lion Street, had already been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for breaching 19 regulations, including nine dishonesty offences.

Roach, who worked at the firm as a clerk, has been banned from working in a law firm without permission from the relevant authorities.

SFN Solicitors was wound up by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in October, 2012. Its files were handed over to another law firm.

The SRA tribunal, held earlier this year, also considered SFN Solicitors’ other partners, John Charles McNabb and Tracy Stansfield. They were respectively fined £2,000 and reprimanded.