Judicial Factor appointed to Cupar law firm
The Law Society of Scotland, as part of its regulatory function, has asked the Court of Session to appoint a Judicial Factor to legal firm McQuittys in Cupar.
The interim Judicial Factor, who acts independently of the Law Society, was appointed by the court on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. The Judicial Factor is Eileen Blackburn, of French Duncan, chartered accountants in Edinburgh.
The application was made to the court to protect clients' interests after the Law Society raised concerns about the firm's accounting records. The practising certificate of the firm's solicitor partner is currently suspended, which means they cannot practice, and this will remain the case until further notice.
The Judicial Factor will continue to run the business and respond to any queries from clients.
Clients of the firm can contact the Judicial Factor's office on 0131 225 6366 for further information.
Notes to editors
The Judicial Factor is an officer of the court and acts independently of the Law Society of Scotland.
The Law Society of Scotland carries out regular inspections of all solicitor firms in Scotland to ensure that they comply with rules on dealing with clients' money. If an inspector suspects that client money is missing, has been mis-used, or the accounting records are so poor they cannot tell if client money is missing or has been mis-used, the Law Society of Scotland can request the Court of Session to appoint a Judicial Factor to that firm to protect the public and other solicitors.
The decision to make the appointment is for the Court and means that the Judicial Factor takes over the running of the firm on a temporary basis. The solicitor partners at the firm are suspended until further notice.
See the consumer protections section on the website for more information about Judicial Factors
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14 February 2013