Friday, March 22, 2013

News: Sheffield Law Society offers help to former Atteys clients


The Sheffield & District Law Society is offering free help to all former clients of Atteys in tracing documents held by the firm, following the closure earlier this month.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) stepped in to close down the South Yorkshire firm with John Owen of Gordons LLP appointed to act as the SRA's intervention agent.

At its peak, Atteys employed more than 300 legal professionals throughout South Yorkshire, and operated from 14 locations including Wath-upon-Dearne and Rotherham town centre. The firm acquired numerous local law practices including Sheffield-based Porrett, Fawcett & Renwick, Taylors Solicitors; Rotherham-based Middleton, Oliver & Marsh and Barnsley-based Dibb and Clegg.

Since Atteys ceased trading, a number of parts of the business have been sold to other law firms. Neil Hudgell Solicitors acquired casework based on Personal Injury and Medical Negligence claims.

As well as helping former clients of Atteys, the Sheffield & District Law Society holds a complete record of every law firm that has traded in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley and operates a free document location service, designed to help concerned members of the public to locate legal documents.

Anna Rudkin, president of the Sheffield & District Law Society said: "Atteys was a very well known and respected law firm throughout the whole of South Yorkshire and its closure is a very sad loss for the people that it served as well as the broader South Yorkshire legal community.

"The closure of the firm is likely to come as a shock to many who have used the firm as their family solicitor and many are likely to be worried about what has happened to important documents such as wills and property title deeds.

"When a law firm closes, the files that it held are transferred to another firm, who will provide advice to existing clients in the interim. It is usual for the appointed firm to make contact, advising that they hold the documents as well as discussing next steps.

"In addition to offering support to members of the public, we are working with former employees of Atteys, allowing them to continue to keep their training up-to-date, as well as helping them to find alternative employment in the local area."

Atteys website
Sheffield Law Society website


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