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On 14 August 2020, the Solicitors Regulation Authority intervened into Kingly Solicitors trading as Giffen Couch & Archer Solicitors.  The firm is now closed.

All practice papers, files and monies held by the firm at the date of intervention are now in the possession of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

For all enquiries, please contact one of  the appointed intervention agents:

 

John Owen at Gordons LLP
1 New Augustus Street
Bradford
BD1 5LL

Tel no: 0113 227 0360
Email: kingly@gordonsllp.com

STATEMENT

14 August 2020

The Bridge Street offices of Leighton law firm Giffen Couch & Archer closed for good yesterday. Founded in 1790, it’s one of the oldest law firms in Leighton Buzzard. The closure is a result of action taken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority who are investigating Kingly Solicitors Ltd, the owners of  a number of solicitors’ businesses across the UK.

Tony Taylor has worked at the practice since 1973. Owner and Managing Director at the time of the sale to Kingly, said ‘The closure of the firm has been a brutal shock to all of us. Although GC&A became part of Kingly Solicitors in April this year it has been managed as a completely separate and independent entity and has maintained the highest standards of service, honesty and integrity.

Solicitors Regulation Authority rules mean that, in cases such as this any firm owned by a third party under investigation must also stop work. Giffen Couch & Archer is just one of some 16 solicitors offices affected.  ‘It’s a harsh rule, but particularly when no wrong doing by GC&A has occurred’ said Taylor. ‘The sale of our firm had promised new opportunities for all of us at Bridge Street, and our clients. The future looked very bright.’

Clients of Giffen Couch & Archer will be approached by the SRA, with advice on transferring their business to new advisors of their choice. But choice in Leighton Buzzard will be limited as Ray Nixon Brown, also owned by Kingly Solicitors, have similarly been forced to close.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority does not have employment responsibilities or powers. The 14 strong team at GC&A will now be made redundant and employment prospects are currently challenging. ‘The SRA is simply following the rules. But we know from conversations we’ve had with them there are no concerns about the integrity of probity of our business and none of the team face investigation,’ Taylor said. ‘Someone distant from us, in every sense, is suspected of wrongdoing. And good people suffer the consequences.’

On the behalf of the firm Tony would like to thank all the clients, staff, suppliers and contacts for their support and help over the many years the firm has practised.

For all enquiries please contact Gordons LLP who are appointed to assist with the closure of GC&A.

John Owen, Gordons LLP, 1 New Augustus Street, Bradford, BD1 5LL. Email: kingly@gordonsllp.com, Tel: 0113 227 0360.

 

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For all enquiries please contact Gordons LLP who are appointed to assist with the closure of GC&A.

 

John Owen, Gordons LLP, 1 New Augustus Street, Bradford, BD1 5LL. Email: kingly@gordonsllp.com, Tel: 0113 227 0360.