A law firm in Huddersfield has been shut down by legal watchdogs.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has taken the tough sanction against Birkby -based Taylor Knight and Wolff Ltd.

And there have been accusations of dishonesty levelled against staff at the firm, according to the Authority.

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The SRA had launched an investigation into the Blacker Road firm and said they had taken the decision to intervene into the practices of Kamar Khan and Taylor Knight and Wolff Ltd.

A spokesman said: “In relation to the intervention into Taylor Knight Wolff Ltd the grounds are there is reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Mr Khan, a manager of the firm, in connection with that firm’s business.

“The firm, or Mr Khan, also failed to comply with rules under Section 9 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.

“The practising certificate of Mr Khan has been immediately suspended by virtue of the decision.”

Taylor Knight & Wolff Solicitors, Blacker Road, Birkby, Huddersfield.

The spokesman added: “We can, in effect, close a practice. We call this an “intervention”. An intervention is a step taken to protect clients’ interests and money, in the public interest.

“It is a protective measure, and does not necessarily mean we have made any findings against a regulated firm or individual.”

Another lawyer, Neal Boland, has now been appointed by the SRA to act as an intervening agent.

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He can take possession of all documents and papers held by the firm including clients’ papers, and take possession of all money held by the firm (including clients’ money).

The SRA spokesman added: “If you are the client of a firm that we have closed in this way, you can find advice on what to do next and how to claim back money and papers that we may be holding.

“Employees and trade creditors of firms that we have closed can also find guidance on what to do next. Legal professionals and experts may also be able to claim money for fees that they are owed.”