A Haverhill solicitor has ceased trading after more than 30 years, leaving customers and staff facing an anxious future.
Stevens Solicitors in High Street closed last Friday after its sole proprietor, Robert Caldwell, known more widely as Alan, was declared bankrupt during a hearing at Cambridge County Court last Thursday (24).
It is believed the bankruptcy petition was filed against Mr Caldwell by the landlord of the property.
The bankruptcy has resulted in Stevens Solicitors closing its offices in Haverhill and Saffron Walden, with the loss of 17 jobs.
A spokesman for some of the employees, who does not wish to be identified, told the Echo: “There’s a huge amount of acrimony against Mr Caldwell for the way he has run the business over the last two years.”
The spokesman went on to say that Stevens Solicitors was founded in 1982 by Jeff Stevens, when it moved into the High Street premises in Haverhill once occupied by Burnett Barker.
Mr Caldwell, who lives in Linton, had worked at the company since 1989 and after Mr Stevens retired in 2007 and moved abroad he went on to become one of two partners at the law firm.
Following the death in 2010 of Caroline Dixon, Mr Caldwell was left as the sole proprietor.
Stevens specialises in conveyancing, and its closure has left many clients facing a fraught time, particularly those with impending house sales.
With the closure, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has intervened and taken possession of papers and documents that were held by Stevens.
Devonshire Solicitors has been appointed by the SRA as the intervention team.
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