A West Midlands family legal aid firm has blamed delays in payment by the Legal Services Commission for forcing it into administration.

Jewels, founded in 1980 by sole director Mark Jewels (pictured), ceased trading on 28 December.

The Lexcel-accredited firm, which had offices in Stafford and Cannock and employed 30 people, including eight solicitors, is now in the hands of administrators Begbies Traynor.

Family legal aid accounted for 80% of Jewels? work and it had been awarded a contract in the latest tender round. The firm also did conveyancing and probate.

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