The former senior and managing partners of Manchester firm Cobbetts, as well as its former finance director, are among eight people who have been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over alleged incompetence in the demise of the practice.

The move comes more than four years after Cobbetts filed for administration and was bought in a pre-pack by national firm DWF.

The eight are: Stephen John Benson, James Michael Boyd, Paul Andrew Brown, Nicholas John Carr, Mark Gibson, Jeremy Mark Green, Stephen Alan Thornton and Richard Mark Dean Webb.

All are accused of being “responsible individually and/or collectively for providing misleading information and/or for failing to provide material information to one or more of a third-party lender, an insurance company and a former member, and thereby exhibited manifest incompetence and acted in breach of principle 6 of the SRA Principles 2011”.


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