Coroner to face theft and fraud allegations in London
In December 2010, after it was suspected that the man was conducting his activities as a lawyer dishonestly, the Solicitors Regulation Authority decided to close his law firm in Cheltenham and he has reportedly been on police bail – he has also been prohibited from acting as a solicitor – since officers began their investigation during January 2011.
The man – whose practice reportedly specialised in handling matters such as residential conveyancing, family law, and probate – could have misled clients and has been accused of stealing more than £2 million.
When he appears before magistrates in London, the coroner should face one charge of fraud by false representation, twelve allegations of theft, and seven counts of fraud by abuse of position.
Potentially, if found guilty of these offences, those who suffered substantial financial loss due to his actions might be entitled to claim professional negligence compensation through the services of an experienced and reputable law firm.