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Edward Smethurst - Outcome of Law Society investigation >> No Further Action

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Edward Smethurst - Outcome of Law Society investigation >> No Further Action

Post by Tony Bennett on 12.03.16 12:14

Early last year, I and a number of other complainants wrote to the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) - part of the Law Society - regarding certain alleged actions taken by Edward Smethurst. I published on CMOMM the result of the court judgment in favour of J P Whitter, Waterwell Engineers (kindly sent to me by Sally Whitter), who had not been paid for extensive waterwell drilling on Smethurt's land in Ashworth Valley, Rochdale.

He had used his builder, Richard Gear, to make the contractual arrangements for the drilling. After extensive and costly litigation, J P Whitter succeeded in recovering the amount due to them, plus all their costs, from Richard Gear and Edward Smethurst.

Other complaints centred around claims that certain persons had not been paid by Smethurst for work carried out by people he employed at his child care project, Ashworth View Nursery.

On Thursday this week (10 March) I received the decision of Emma Lessard, Regulatory Supervisor at the SRA.

She told me that, QUOTE: "On this occasion we have decided not to take any further action. This is because we have insufficient evidence to progress the matter".

I am not really at liberty to say anything further about the matter.

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Re: Edward Smethurst - Outcome of Law Society investigation >> No Further Action

Post by sharonl on 12.03.16 12:42

@Tony Bennett wrote:Early last year, I and a number of other complainants wrote to the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) - part of the Law Society - regarding certain alleged actions taken by Edward Smethurst. I published on CMOMM the result of the court judgment in favour of J P Whitter, Waterwell Engineers (kindly sent to me by Sally Whitter), who had not been paid for extensive waterwell drilling on Smethurt's land in Ashworth Valley, Rochdale.

He had used his builder, Richard Gear, to make the contractual arrangements for the drilling. After extensive and costly litigation, J P Whitter succeeded in recovering the amount due to them, plus all their costs, from Richard Gear and Edward Smethurst.

Other complaints centred around claims that certain persons had not been paid by Smethurst for work carried out by people he employed at his child care project, Ashworth View Nursery.

On Thursday this week (10 March) I received the decision of Emma Lessard, Regulatory Supervisor at the SRA.

She told me that, QUOTE: "On this occasion we have decided not to take any further action. This is because we have insufficient evidence to progress the matter".

I am not really at liberty to say anything further about the matter.

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    It's amazing what bully boy tactics and a bit of cash can achieve. At the very start, we were told that Smethurst was in breach of the rules, merely because he tried to stop the SRA from obtaining the evidence. 

This matter has probably been laying on someone's desk whilst [Smethurst] finds a way to wriggle out of the situation. It didn't even find its way onto the SRA disciplinary matters in hand area of their website.

I smell a huge rat here - can you go over this woman's head... [words deleted by a Mod]

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Re: Edward Smethurst - Outcome of Law Society investigation >> No Further Action

Post by Tony Bennett on 12.03.16 14:01

@sharonl wrote:
I smell a huge rat here - can you go over this woman's head... [words deleted by a Mod]
I have done what I could to bring certain conduct to the SRA's attention.

Of course I am disappointed with their decision and would have liked them to take it further.

However, Edward Smethurst is a senior Freemason, we know he has excellent contacts with a range of powerful people, he has a property empire, here and abroad, a lot bigger than most people might imagine, he is very rich, and, not least, he is very litigious.

I think the wisest course at this moment is to say: "I have done all that I reasonably can".

It is of course possible that some of those affected might want to take things further themselves

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