High Court action has begun against solicitors at a firm closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority last year for alleged dishonesty.

In July the SRA closed Deidre Newell-Austin's firm Austin Law citing 'reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Ms Newell-Austin', under paragraph 1(1)(a) of Part I of Schedule 1 of the Solicitors Act 1974. The regulator now says it has received applications for £3.6m, which is apparently missing from client accounts.

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