SRA Publishes list of Uninsured Solicitors Practices

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published the names of all 136 firms that failed to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII) within the 90 day extended period from the annual renewal date of 1 October 2013.

The list is slightly misleading as a number of firms have already taken action to close down or transfer their business.
The SRA states that a “small number of firms that failed to close properly and they are subject to ongoing robust action”. This is likely to explain why the SRA did not undertake a raft of interventions at the end of the year to protect the interests of clients and the reputation of the profession – a policy repeatedly stated as being a priority by the SRA. After the Blakemores intervention in early 2013, of which Kevin Lucas of Lucas Johnson is the Administrator, another intervention isn’t going to happen lightly.
Lucas Johnson was advising stakeholders last year that the SRA should have decided to publish the list of firms if for no other reason than it was clearly and wholly inappropriate to allow a client to be represented by an uninsured solicitor given the client had little protection if the solicitor was negligent. The ramifications for stakeholders was severe if a negligence claim had arisen. Sadly the SRA took nearly 3 weeks to reach the same conclusion.
The SRA did comment that the firms are under an obligation to inform clients, but because of the outcome focused regime that is in place, there is no mechanism to force those concerned to take the appropriate action.
Whilst solicitors on the whole will act appropriately, it must be considered that some firms who cannot secure insurance may not have previously demonstrated the highest standards and therefore acting wholly appropriately may not be their top priority.
PII was historically due for renewal under a mandatory scheme on 1 October every year, however a 90 day extension period of grace was granted this year, which ended on 29 December 2013. Any firm not obtaining cover by that date would have to cease trading. There was some respite for certain firms though in that they could have continued to provide unregulated services – e.g. PI and employment.
Kevin Lucas of Lucas Johnson commented “The legal landscape has changed significantly over the last few years and most solicitors’ practices have faced significant challenges, with many going under. It is likely to remain difficult for quite some time and future PI renewal will continue to be problematic as a result of historically under-priced premiums, increasing difficulty in funding PII premiums and one or more high profile court cases concerning PII insurers, not to mention failing firms where claims always seem to be higher given the firm is no longer in existence and therefore unable to undertake any work to reduce the claim”.

The list of firms named includes one of the most publicised recent cases – EOS Law in Manchester, a firm set up by a former DLA partner, Simon Woolley
Lucas Johnson specialise in the restructuring and insolvency of solicitors practices. Kevin Lucas and Nigel Johnson can be contacted via Kevin@lucasjohnson.co.uk or nigel@lucasjohnson.co.uk

The list is:

A J Bond & Co 226a High Street
Bromley
Kent
BR1 1PQ 047363
A K Law Chamber 178a High Street North
East Ham
London
E6 2JA 568590
Aaskells Solicitors and Advocates Urban House
43-45 Chase Side
Southgate
London
N14 5BP 535809
Addie & Co 2nd Floor
44 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 7LN 281106
Advocates Solicitors 6 Connaught Road
Ilford
Essex
IG1 1QT 439132
Affinity Solicitors Limited
trading as Adams Moore Family Law
Ashton House West
409 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK9 2AH 566086
AH Law 13 Nelson Road
London
SE10 9JP 184771
AHM Law Ltd Suite 19
6 Claremont Road
Surbiton
Surrey
KT6 4QU 556169
Alan Smeath & Co 6 High Street
Woburn Sands
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK17 8RL 055417
Alastair J Brett 18 Edenhurst Avenue
London
SW6 3PB 047692
Andersons Boswell Cottage
19 South End
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 1BE 046152
Andersons
(incorporating Stephen Webb & Co)
9A Cross Street
Eye
Suffolk
IP23 7AB 384569
Andrew M Higgs & Co Oakwood
Chase Lane
Haslemere
Surrey
GU27 3AG 449512
Arona Sarwar LLP 250 C Hoe Street
London
E17 3AX 485157
Asuelime Solicitors 185a Dickenson Road
Manchester
Lancashire
M13 0YN 344761
Atharva & Co LLP 5 Gladstone Place
Buckland
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO2 7BL 568747
B E Solicitors 53 Fountain Street
Manchester
M2 2AN 565732
B K Ellis & Co 78 Shenley Road
Borehamwood
Hertfordshire
WD6 1EH 468171
BA Solicitors 436 Stratford Road
Sparkhill
Birmingham
B11 4AD 518980
Bagshawes Solicitors Westerham House
Upton
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP17 8YB 074525
Bailey & Bailey 82 Borough Road
Middlesbough
Cleveland
TS1 2JH 046427
Barwise & Co Solicitors The Magpie’s Nest
71 North Road
St Helens
Merseyside
WA10 2TU 349076
Bernard Cordell Flat 3
3 Tasker Road
London
NW3 2YR 078912
Blackstone Law Limited Samuel House
St Chads Street
Manchester
Lancashire
M8 8QA 596627
Bower Harris South Central
11 Peter Street
Manchester
Lancashire
M2 5QR 047466
Brooks & Associates Solicitors LLP 43 Temple Row
Birmingham
West Midlands
B2 5LS 487689
CA Law Melbourne House
27 Thorne Road
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN1 2EZ 493967
Castle legal LLP Barham Court
Teston
Maidstone
Kent
ME18 5BZ 535810
Cato & Temple 1 Fisher Lane
Bingham
Nottingham
NG13 8BQ 398510
Chris Dickins Parcton Law Chambers
47-49 Laneham Street
Scunthorpe
South Humberside
DN15 6PB 173384
City Law Solicitors 12a Albany Road
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF24 3RP 470621
Cole & Co 23 Tombland
Norwich
Norfolk
NR3 1RF 045272
Cooper Ford The Island
St Anns Parade
Alderley Road
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 1HG 510655
Cope’s Hamnetts
Kings Mympton
Devon
EX37 9ST 068028
Crangle Edwards Solicitors 159 Councillor Lane
Cheadle
Cheshire
SK8 2JE 361340
Cray Valley Solicitors Limited 93 Cotmandene Crescent
Orpington
Kent
BR5 2RA 418224
D Fisher & Co 40 High Street
Borough Green
Kent
TN15 8BJ 061186
Dale R Walker Suite 1
145 High Street
Kent
TN13 1XJ 070055
David W Beech Solicitor Foxglove House
166 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9EF 077439
Dennis Brown Solicitors The Willows
Westwood Hill
Braiswick
Colchester
Essex
CO4 5BN 271252
Devers & Co Solicitors Devers House
PO Box 84
Sherburn – in – Elmet
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS25 9AS 510442
Diamond Solicitors Limited 108a Whitechapel Road
2nd Floor
London
E1 1JE 499336
Duncan Moghal Solicitors & Advocates 9 Gold Tops
Newport
Gwent
NP20 4UB 423018
Edward Daniel Blackwell House
Guildhall Yard
London
EC2V 5AE 543227
EOS Law LLP 82 King Street
Manchester
Lancashire
M2 4WQ 534824
Epitome Law St John’s Innovation Centre
Cowley Road
Cambridge
CB4 0WS 473136
Exlex Solicitors The Woodlands
52 Grosvenor Road
Handsworth
Birmingham
West Midlands
B20 3NH 333696
Farmer Miller Nathan Gordon 11 The Quadrant
Manor Park Crescent
Edgware
Middlesex
HA8 7LU 568443
Fruhman Davies Livingstone Blackfriars House
Parsonage
Manchester
M3 2JA 048714
FWD Law Limited 12 Clifton Road
St Woolos
Newport
NP20 4EW 548035
Gavins Solicitors 473 Archway Road
London
N6 4HX 322165
Gershon & Goldstein 32 Cumberland Gardens
Hendon
London
NW4 1LD 288574
Goldsworth Solicitors Unit 6620
555 White Hart Lane
London
N17 7RP 508786
Graham Bash & Co 26 Wattisfield Road
London
E5 9QH 068843
Grants Solicitors LLP Suite 10
Airport House
Purley Way
Croyden
Surrey
CR0 0XZ 484647
Guy & Hinton Lilac Farm
Minskip
York
North Yorkshire
YO51 9JF 553422
Guy C Littler 98 Warwick Road
London
W14 8PT 053286
Hacking Ashton LLP Berkeley Court
Borough Road
Newcastle
Staffordshire
ST5 1TT 401183
Hadley Law Associates LLP 3 Union Street
Barnet
Hertfordshire
EN5 4HY 469973
Harris Cartier Limited Queens House
55-56 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3LJ 557409
Heer Manak Solicitors 434 Foleshill Road
Coventry
West Midlands
CV6 5JX 266718
Henshaw Solicitors Blair House
13 High Street
Newport Pagnell
Milton Keynes
MK16 8AR 327594
Hermeling Solicitors 27 Birch Row
Bromley
Kent
BR2 8BX 463188
Hilliers HRW Solicitors LLP The Old Vicarage
132 Bedford Road
Kempston
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 8BQ 486920
Hills Solicitors Limited New Mansion House
63-65 Chorley New Road
Bolton
Lancashire
BL1 4QR 552989
Hoganco PO Box 1188
Worplesdon
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 9QR 301112
I A Morcowitz 11 Viceroy Lodge
143 Kingsway
Hove
East Sussex
BN3 4RA 076185
I R Gannicott Vine House
High Street
Bourton-on-the-Water
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 2AN 045622
Ian Cowie 14 Chaloner Street
Guisborough
Cleveland
TS14 6QD 045598
ICS Solicitors 35a Ecclesbourne Road
Thornton Heath
Surrey
CR7 7BQ 523435
Jacobs Solicitors 451 Barking Road
East Ham
London
E6 2JX 446423
Jacobsens 20 Enfield Walk
Brentford
Middlesex
TW8 9PD 542004
Jacqueline Goodlad 18 Mayo Street
Cockermouth
Cumbria
CA13 0BY 077889
Jeanette M Silburn 2 Dene Cottages
Ropley
Alresford
Hampshire
SO24 0BJ 075902
Jeremy Jones Little Orchard
Chapel Lane
Crawley Down
West Sussex
RH10 3ET 312824
Jinnah Solicitors LLP 229a High Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1LD 535005
John & Co Solicitors Unit 45 Ground Floor
Camberwell Business Center
99-103 Lomond Grove
London
SE5 7HN 423184
John Halson Solicitors 2 Bedford Road (Corner of County Road)
Liverpool
Merseyside
L4 5PU 310934
John Morley & Company 29-31 High Street
Rainham
Gillingham
Kent
ME8 7HX 052492
John Neville & Co 1st Floor / Suite 1
135/143 Stockwell Road
London
SW9 9TN 055311
Johnson & Clarence LLP 6th Floor
28-30 Cornhill
London
EC3V 3NF 569316
JST Lawyers Colonial Chambers
3-11 Temple Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 5RH 283813
Kelly & Co 49a St Paul’s Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 2TE 063371
KKS Solicitors 286 Mitcham Road
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 3JN 570753
Krish Solicitors 86A High Street
Southall
Middlesex
UB1 3DB 333789
L Sharma & Panaawala Solicitors 2 Beal Road
Ilford
Essex
IG1 4QF 564336
Lancasters 11 Quay Road
Bridlington
North Humberside
YO15 2AB 073167
Law Management Dalton House
60 Windsor Avenue
London
Greater London
SW19 2RR 368307
Lawvue Solicitors 9 Wighton Mews
Isleworth
Middlesex
TW7 4DZ 400342
LeeLanes Solicitors LLP 6th Floor
28-30 Cornhill
London
EC3V 3NF 425647
Li & Co Solicitor Flat 1
162 Westbourne Park Road
London
W11 1BT 406006
Louis Ssekkono Solicitors 1 Warmair House
Green Lane
Northwood
Middlesex
HA6 2QB 407409
Lumsdons Solicitors LLP Salford House
29 Bridge Street
Stourport on Severn
Worcestershire
DY13 8UR 521827
M & S Legal 2nd Floor
75a King Street
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 6DX 490554
M J O’Donoghue & Co Bickfield Business Centre
High Road
Thornwood
Epping
Essex
CM16 6TH 592543
Matthew John Green 14 Carfax
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1DZ 079123
Megsons Personal Injury Ltd Arndale House
Charles Street
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 1EJ 596246
Nelson Nichols 36a London Road
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO2 0LN 344462
Nelsons Bell House
Bells Lane
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6ES 074957
Nicholas & Co 75A High Street
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7BH 440892
Nicholas Hart Solicitors Faygate Place
Wimlands Lane
Faygate
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 4SP 403042
Niman & Co 10 Lockmead Road
London
N15 6BX 058812
Northfield Solicitors 62 Spotland Road
Rochdale
Lancashire
OL12 6PQ 418514
Patrick Newman & Co 3 Riverdale
Church Lane
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 2JL 079118
Peters & Company Solicitors Terminus House
Terminus Street
Harlow
Essex
CM20 1XA 564963
R S Gough & Co Technology Centre
Wolverhampton Science Park
Wolverhampton
WV10 9RU 343282
Rafiq Partnership Solicitors Co Limited 291 Roundhay Road
Leeds
LS8 4HS 439797
RB Partnership Solicitors Suite 125c, Building 3
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
London
N11 1GN 442456
Richardson & Co Solicitors LLP Phoenix House
3 South Parade
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 5QX 535231
Robin F Clarke & Co 183A Parrock Street
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1EN 060783
Robinsons 7 Queens Avenue
Dale Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 4TZ 063507
Rock Solicitors Office 204
11 Courtenay Road
East Lane Business Park
Wembley
Middlesex
HA9 7ND 388716
Ronald Butler Lynton
South Drive
Tehidy
Camborne
Cornwall
TR14 0EZ 289104
Sampson & Co 12 Church Green East
Redditch
Worcestershire
B98 8BP 062091
Saunders Bearman LLP 60 Welbeck Street
London
W1G 9EB 559055
Savages Solicitors 4 Middle Street
Corbridge
Northumberland
NE45 5AT 078059
Schneider Page 18 North Tenter Street
Aldgate
London
E1 8DL 561462
Sheehans 40/41A Alfred Street
Neath
West Glamorgan
SA11 3EH 522671
Simon Bergin 335 Wellington Road North
Stockport
Cheshire
SK4 4QG 525329
Sweetmans Solicitors Limited Yew Tree Lodge
Bickley Moss
Whitchurch
Shropshire
SY13 4JE 497691
T P Glover 22 Home Croft Drive
Packington
Leicestershire
LE65 1WG 266228
Taylor Legal Limited Unit 21
Brierley Business Centre
Mirion Street
Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 2AP 537247
Teo & Co Solicitors 238 Haggerston Road
London
E8 4HT 470070
The Compensation Clinic 21a Bank Street
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1DG 303716
Thomas Milner & Co 41a Station Road
Littleport
Ely
Cambridge
CB6 1QF 208597
Towells Solicitors Thornhilll House
Thornhill Street
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 1NL 056674
Trevor Lyttleton 23 Bryanston Court
George Street
London
W1H 7HA 053516
Trinity Solicitors LLP 18 South Ealing Road
London
W5 4QA 449779
Vaughan & Co 467a Otley Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS16 7NR 385856
W & J Solicitors 109 Victoria Road
Romford
Essex
RM1 2LX 565103
Waldegraves Ealing House
33 Hanger Lane
London
W5 3HJ 522278
Werenowski Solicitors 9 East Stockwell Street
Colchester
CO1 1SS 309669
White Solicitors 7 Mornington Road
Bingley
West Yorkshire
BD16 2PA 544247
Widdows Mason 20 King Street
Leigh
Lancashire
WN7 4LR 078473
Wood-Atkins Commercial Law The Old Post Office
17 High Street
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP22 4JU 341440
WP Solicitors 148 West Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE4 9QB 565111
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