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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 Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:14 pm

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 Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:42 pm

@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 Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:01 pm

@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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Post by Keitei on Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:45 pm

http://www.manchesterlegalawards.co.uk/judges/

The Manchester Law Society and the Manchester Evening News have once again teamed up to bring you the Manchester Legal Awards 2017.


Now firmly established on the legal calendar, the Manchester Legal Awards recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent this region has to offer.


The categories encourage nominations from small, medium and large sized firms and chambers, with a range of individual and team awards. The region's outstanding talent will be honoured at a glamorous and glittering black tie dinner on Thursday 2 March 2017 at The Midland Hotel.


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The judging panel is made up of well-respected individuals from the business, legal and academic community. Find out more about each judge below.
http://www.manchesterlegalawards.co.uk/edward-g-smethurst.html

Edward G Smethurst
Chairman, Commerce & Industry Group North West

Edward is the Chairman of Palladium Associates Plc, an organisation which specialises in risk consultancy, private investigation and fraud prevention matters. Edward is also the Managing Director of Prosperity International Sports Management Limited which specialises in managing professional athletes including Premiership footballers and leading Olympic athletes. Edward has been Chairman of the North West Commerce & Industry Group for the past 17 years.

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Post by RosieandSam on Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:45 pm

Ed Smethurst was also the lawyer for the recently-formed OFFSIDE TRUST - the peer-to-peer support group for CSA in football.

Formed on 5th December 2016 by Andy Woodward (who had been removed as a Trustee by February 2017) , Steve Unsworth and Chris Unsworth.



Huge changes were made only 3 months after the launch, one of them was that Ed Smethurst (Prosperity Law) was removed.

As part of the changes, Prosperity Law are also no longer involved. A potential conflict of interest was the elephant in the room — how could a trust potentially ask for funding from bodies such as the FA and Premier League when it may at one point be suing those organisations?

In a statement to this newspaper, Prosperity Law confirmed that they are no longer part of the trust. Smethurst acknowledged that a perceived conflict of interest was one of the reasons for a ‘totally amicable’ split. So where does this leave the trust? Its website is under construction and it is not a registered charity. It has not stopped a social media campaign asking high-profile clubs and players to show their support.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-4336470/How-Offside-Trust-falling-apart.html
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