Shock as legal firm forced to close

Shock as legal firm forced to close

A LEGAL firm with offices in Dewsbury and Birstall has shut its doors after 80 years, amid allegations of dishonesty.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority intervened at Hellewell Pasley & Brewer through its owners Robert Wiggans and Richard Whitaker.

The move by the regulator effectively closes the 30-strong firm, which also has offices in Halifax and Ripponden.

The announcement said that there was reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Wiggans in connection with his practice as a solicitor.

There are also reasons to suspect a failure by Wiggans and Whitaker to comply with SRA rules.

The firm’s website has been suspended and calls to its offices go straight to a recorded message.

Hellewell Pasley & Brewer had been advising people on legal matters since 1937 and offered a range of services to businesses and individuals from offices on Daisy Hill in Dewsbury and Nelson Street in Dewsbury town centre.

Wiggans was the senior partner of the firm and head of the private client and commercial corporate departments. He had been with the firm for more than 30 years.

Whitaker joined the firm 19 years ago, becoming a partner soon after, and was head of litigation.

Clients of Hellewell, Pasley and Brewer with queries should call Susie Dryden, of Blake Morgan, on 023 8085 7270, or e-mail interventions@blakemorgan.co.uk.

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