Law Society to probe ‘issues arising’ from legal firm’s closure

Thursday, 23 February 2017

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THE Law Society of Northern Ireland has confirmed that it is investigating 'issues arising' from the sudden closure of an Antrim legal firm.
David G Bell Solicitors closed earlier this month, ending a 22-year association with the town.
The collapse sparked fears that the firm's long list of clients no longer had legal representation, but that was soon dispelled when it emerged that most did - though in some cases they were the last to know.
For before he left for Tenerife, owner Gary Bell transferred the majority of the case files to other firms in Newtownabbey and North Antrim.
And for some shell-shocked locals, they only discovered they had different representation when they were contacted by their 'new' solicitor.
For some, discovering that they had to travel out of town for legal advice may have been an inconvenience at worst, for others it was an invasion of privacy.
The Law Society finally broke their silence this week, confirming that it was 'not uncommon' for a firm to sell their practice when winding up.
But when pressed on whether it was common to do so without the knowledge of the clients, a second statement was issued - this time confirming that they were indeed looking into events leading up to the closure of David G Bell Solicitors.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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