Muck-flinging farmer appeal

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A farmer who has been left thousands of pounds out of pocket by an Ilkeston law firm is appealing for others similarly effected to come forward.

Walter, Scott and Ross, the law firm which was representing Charles Hirons, 49, in a dispute over some family property, was closed down by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) in 2009.

A tribunal found that two of the partners, Alastair Ross and Darrell Holmes, had used clients’ money for their own purposes.

And after finding out Alastair Ross was working for Heanor solicitors Miles and Cash Mr Hirons staged a protest at Heanor Market Place.

Prior to this, the father-of-four from Draycott had famously dumped a lorry load of muck outside Derby Crown Court in protest at the ‘severely flawed’ justice system.

He said: “I would urge people to come forward with their stories of Walter, Scott and Ross’s dishonesty.”

The father-of-four also said he felt badly let down by the way the SRA and the entire British justice system had handled its intervention of Walter, Scott and Ross and was still waiting for files which had been held by the firm in relation to his court action to be returned.

The Tiser reported in March 2012 how confidential legal documents were among 500 boxes of papers cleared out of the derelict offices of Walter, Scott and Ross.

An SRA spokesperson said: “We took action against two of the firm’s partners at the disciplinary tribunal and they were fined a total of £22,000, plus £40,000 costs because of their misconduct.

“When we close a firm down clients’ confidential papers are removed from the premises and returned to them or stored safely. Two years after we took action we had reports that there were more papers on site - it’s unclear whether the papers had been there originally. We acted quickly to make sure we obtained those papers too and returned them to those who requested them.” To find out more about Mr Hirons’ fight visit www.facebook.com/MuckFlinger.