Law firm Perry Hay & Co has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after sending £333k directly into fraudsters’ pockets during a conveyancing transaction.
The money should have gone into the seller’s account, but unfortunately the firm did not undertake sufficient checks to ensure they really knew where their client’s money was being transferred. The fraudsters were pretending to be selling a property they had no legal rights to – the solicitors sent the money to the fraudsters’ account and not to their client’s. They did not carry out the essential due diligence needed when dealing with client money.
As well as admitting to breaching account rules, the firm also stated that they had failed to report what had happened to the SRA. The SRA rebuked the firm and made them pay £1,350 in costs, deemed ‘proportionate in the public interest’ as well as recognising ‘the loss and inconvenience’ to the clients which was caused by the firm’s conduct.
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