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Monday, September 23, 2013

Solicitor Suspended for Failing to Advise Independent Counsel

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Solicitor Richard Davies, former partner of Neston-based RBM Davies and Partners, has been suspended for three years after admitting to drawing up wills for two elderly women in which he would personally inherit £150,000.  Davies must also pay £70,000 in costs for acting in a “manipulative way.”

The women, both in their 90s, had become “obsessed” with Davies, with one of the women calling Davies her “boyfriend.”  Family members testified Davies would visit regularly, bring gifts, and say he was short on money. 

Davies, 61, claims he didn’t know he had to recommend independent legal counsel to the women before benefitting from their wills.  Davies says he was just trying to be kind to two old lonely ladies and believes his suspension to be “incredibly harsh.”

See Eleanor Barlow, Shamed Solicitor Stood to Make £150,000 from Wills of Elderly Women Clients, Liverpool Daily Post, Sept. 19, 2013.

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