Submission to the disciplinary council of the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Now that I have made copious notes, for all to see and have gathered my thoughts, the formal submission to the SRA begins; this will take more than a few days to write

 

The Disciplinary Council

Solicitors Regulation Authority,

The Cube,

199 Wharfside Street,

Birmingham, B1 1RN

13th March 2019

Dear Sir or Madam,

Formal complaint against:

Miss Lisa Mayhew (UK qualified solicitor and managing partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner)

Mr Ron Downhill (UK qualified solicitor, formerly a partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner and now tax consultant to the same)

Clare Edwards (UK qualified solicitor and trust officer to Paicolex Trust Management AG)

Gaby Kaiser (UK qualified solicitor and head of professional risk at Berwin Leighton Paisner)

 I have been in correspondence with the above parties over the way that the Hender Family Settlement, of which I am a beneficiary, handles its affairs and the way that the corporate trustees, Paicolex Trust Management AG interact with my father, who is the de facto settlor of the trust.

The reason that I include Paicolex Trust Management AG in this submission, is due to the fact that Mr Ron Downhill is the tax and legal advisor to the trustees and nothing from a tax or legal standpoint may be done by the trustee representatives without his agreement and/or sign off. Therefore Paicolex Trust Management AG is drawn into this submission by default, not only because they act under the directions of Mr Downhill but are also a wholly owned subsidiary of Berwin Leighton Paisner

However, I have been sadly “stonewalled” by all parties, especially with regard to my father, who has Alzheimer’s and so I have been left with no other course of action but to formerly report the above four solicitors to you, all of whom have exhibited grave and gross unprofessional behaviour towards me. The matter is quite complicated and so I will explain as best that I can.

I have been in dispute with the trustees of the Hender Family Settlement, Paicolex Trust Management AG, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berwin Leighton Paisner, for many years and, in particular, to the way that I am treated as a beneficiary, as compared to my fellow beneficiary and brother, Martin William Hender. I have put this down to sheer favouritism by my father and to his behaviour being affected by his condition.

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