Mystery over closure of solicitor’s office in Holbeach

John Woolley Solicitors in West End, Holbeach, which has now closed suddenly.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
John Woolley Solicitors in West End, Holbeach, which has now closed suddenly. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Mystery surrounds the closure of the offices of a Holbeach law firm which has been in the town for about 25 years.

John Woolley Solicitors in West End closed its doors three weeks ago and a notice put up in the window.

He was a really nice chap to work with and, if I was too busy, he would go and make the tea

Sue Stubbs of Holbeach

But it has left at least one family desperately trying to locate Mr Woolley for will and property documents after the death of a woman in her 70s from Holbeach.

The woman’s daughter, Rachel Allen (49) of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, said: “We’re trying to get hold of Mr Woolley because he holds her will and all the deeds to hers and my father’s property.

“My mother sadly passed away on February 27 and we needed to get hold of her solicitors because probate (dealing with someone’s will after they die) was involved.

“When my father went to Mr Woolley’s office in Holbeach, there was a note in the window which said ‘this office is now closed and for any enquiries, please post a note through the door’.

“Then my father went into the building society next door and a staff member gave him the name of another solicitor who he has contacted.

“But it’s just one of those frustrating situations where no one seems to know what’s happening and there must be a lot of people wondering what’s happened to Mr Woolley.”

Sue Stubbs of College Close, Holbeach, who worked as Mr Woolley’s receptionist for about 18 months, said: 
“He was a really nice chap to work with and, if I was too busy, he would go and make the tea.

“I said to him ‘you would make a lovely husband for some woman one day’ and then he got married last year.

“Before that, John used to live with his parents until his dad died almost three years ago. John’s also quite a big football fan and I remember him leaving work early a few times to go and watch West Bromwich Albion, which is the team he supports.”

The Guardian contacted the Solictors Regulation Authority (SRA), an independent body which monitors and maintains standards for more than 130,000 solicitors in England and Wales.

An SRA spokesman said: “Mr Woolley is still currently on the roll of solicitors suitable to practice.”

The Guardian has tried to contact Mr Woolley but had not received a response at the time of going to press.