Holbeach solicitor has ‘retired from practising’

TOWN SOLICITOR: The office of Holbeach solicitor John Woolley who said he has retired from practising.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG050416-307TW.

TOWN SOLICITOR: The office of Holbeach solicitor John Woolley who said he has retired from practising. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG050416-307TW.

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A Holbeach solicitor has moved to clear up uncertainty about his business by claiming he has “retired from practising”.

John (J.C.) Woolley Solicitors’ office in West End, Holbeach, was the subject of a Guardian report last week when the daughter of one of his former clients was trying to contact him about will and deed documents Mr Woolley held concerning her late mum.

I have retired from practising and I am not taking on any new business, albeit I am finishing work on certain files

John Woolley of J.C. Woolley Solicitors, West End, Holbeach

Solicitors acting for the dad of Rachel Allen (49) finally received the documents on Tuesday after a number of attempts to reach Mr Woolley by telephone and email.

Mrs Allen said: “I received an email from my father’s new solicitors to inform me that the wills and title deeds were delivered overnight on Tuesday and they are now in the possession of the new solicitor.

“I can only think that after passing on Mr Woolley’s details to my father’s new solicitor, they were able to contact him or he wouldn’t have been able to send the paperwork over.

“The solicitor also said that Mr Woolley telephoned him to apologise for the delay.

“I just wish we’d have had the paperwork earlier in order for my father to get things sorted out in what has been an extremely upsetting period in his life.”

Speaking about his position, Mr Woolley told the Guardian: “I have retired from practising, albeit I am finishing work on certain files.

“I am not taking on any new business (but) all deeds, wills, etc, in my possession are securely stored in my strong room.

“Anybody who needs to contact me can do so by post or by emailing johnwoolley68@yahoo.co.uk

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Solicitors Regualation Authority which monitors standards for more than £130,000 solicitors in England and Wales said: “We are aware of the situation and are in contact with Mr Woolley.

“Solicitors have an obligation to close their firm in an orderly way in line with the guidance on our website.

“If any former clients have any concerns, they can contact us on 0370 606 2555.”

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