What has happened to Hyam Lehrer?

The practice of Hyam Lehrer has been intervened into by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘the SRA’). The intervention took place on 10 April 2024. An intervention is a statutory power given to the SRA to take possession of a firm’s files and documents and also any money it holds in order to protect clients.

The SRA has appointed Emma Porter of Shakespeare Martineau LLP to assist with the intervention (known as the intervention agent).

You can call our team on 0300 247 2470 or email interventions@shma.co.uk.

What does this mean?

Unfortunately, Hyam Lehrer can no longer act for you, and you will need to find another solicitor. We have not taken over his practice and are not representing you.

You can choose any solicitor you like to act for you. If you don’t know another solicitor, then your local Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to help you. If you have internet access, you can also search for a new solicitor by clicking here.

Alternatively, you may call the Law Society on 020 7320 5650 Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.

If you need a legal aid lawyer, you can find one here: https://find-legal-advice.justice.gov.uk/.

If you have a live legal aid certificate, we can only send your file to another legal aid lawyer.

What has happened to my file?

You can have your file sent to you or to your new solicitor.

If your matter is legally aided, then your file can only be released to a solicitor who undertakes this type of work.

If there are two or more of you named as clients, you will need to agree where the file should be sent. If you want your file to be sent to you, you will need to provide some copy identification. It will not cost you anything to have your documents sent.

How do I access an old closed file, will, or deed?

If your enquiry relates to a will, deed, or another document of record that Hyam Lehrer was holding for you then your file (if recovered) will be held at the SRA’s intervention archiving department.

We do not hold any files that relate to closed or completed cases, wills or deeds at our offices. These files are held at the SRA’s archiving department.

The SRA’s archiving department will be in touch to see what you would like to happen to your document(s). If, however, you have not heard from them yet then you can arrange to complete a file request form which can be accessed from the SRA’s website alternatively you can contact them at interventionarchivefile@sra.org.uk or telephone them at 0204 525 0250.

What happens to my money?

All money in Hyam Lehrer’s client account has been transferred to the SRA.

Shakespeare Martineau or the SRA will look at Hyam Lehrer’s accounts to work out who the money belongs to. The SRA will try to return any money Hyam Lehrer was holding for you.

You will need to make an application for money to be returned to you.

If Hyam Lehrer’s accounts are not in good order, it might be hard to work out exactly how much money is owed — and to who. For that reason, it might take us or the SRA some time to return your money.

If the money cannot be returned to you or only part of it can, you can apply to the SRA Compensation Fund.

If you urgently need money that Hyam Lehrer was holding for you, you can apply for a payment.

There is no guarantee that you will get a payment. You must prove that the solicitor was holding your money and satisfy the Compensation Fund’s other rules.

For more information, please email claims.management@sra.org.uk or telephone 0121 820 2580.

How can I get more information?

Find out more about SRA interventions by clicking here. If you would like to talk to someone in our team at Shakespeare Martineau, please call 0300 247 2470.

I want to complain about the practice of Hyam Lehrer? What can I do?

If you wish to complain or have already lodged a complaint about service then you can contact the Legal Ombudsman in addition to ourselves. Further information can be found at https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk and they can be contacted at enquireis@legalombudsman.org.uk or called on 0300 555 0333 or written to at:

PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ

The Legal Ombudsman will handle your complaint, but we are keen to find out any information that may help us in dealing with the intervention in returning files and monies to the rightful owners.

I was employed to assist with the legal practice of Hyam Lehrer. What can I do?

We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for you. Our role is to focus purely on the protection of clients and supporting them in whatever way we can. We are not a representative or a successor practice to the practice. We are therefore unable to deal with issues relating to your employment.

Please feel free to contact us with any information that you believe may support us in our role of supporting clients. Regarding your personal employment position, you may find the following links supportive:

https://www.acas.org.uk/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

https://www.lawcare.org.uk/

Other Information

An intervention by the SRA is a client protection measure. It only relates to client papers and money held by the firm.

As part of the intervention, the SRA does not deal with trading debts and liabilities to suppliers and any other creditors.

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Published: 10th April 2024
Area: SRA Intervention

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