Solicitors to face tribunal

SFN Solicitors in Red Lion Street, Burnley
SFN Solicitors in Red Lion Street, Burnley

The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority has decided to question four solicitors from Burnley law firm SFN.

John McNabb, Kimberley Bridge, Tracey Stansfield and Nicola Roach will appear at a Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal at a date to be set.

As reported previously in the Burnley Express, the four individuals worked at SFN Solicitors, Red Lion Street, Burnley, which was closed down by the SRA in January this year.

Mr McNabb faces 11 allegations, Miss Bridge 18 allegations, Miss Stansfield 10 allegations and Miss Roach faces nine allegations.

All are subject to a hearing before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and are as yet unproven.

A statement from the SRA in January said that grounds for intervention were failure to comply with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules 1998 and the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 by Mr McNabb, Miss Bridge and Miss Stansfield.

Powers available to the Tribunal include striking off the Roll of the name of the solicitor, the suspension of that solicitor from practice indefinitely or for a specified period, and a range of fines.

The Express reported in July that deeds and wills previously held by SFN are now being held by the SRA.

Andrew Payne, press officer for Burnley and Pendle Law Society, said: “All deeds and wills (from SFN) were taken and are being stored by the SRA.

“The SRA has written to people and asked them what they want to do with them, but they will only write to the owners of the deeds and wills at the address shown on those deeds or wills.

“If you believe you had deeds or wills stored by SFN and have not heard from the SRA please contact another local solicitor who can make enquiries on your behalf.”

All other matters were passed to law firm Gordons LLP and customers who have not heard from the firm should contact another solicitor locally.