A PROMINENT solicitor and former Chester City FC chairman has had his company’s offices closed down and been suspended.
Ian Anderson, 44, from Neston, is under investigation for alleged breaches of the solicitors’ accountancy rules and his practice closed “to protect the needs of clients”.
He has had his solicitor’s practice certificate suspended following “an intervention” from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and is no longer able to practise as a solicitor.
His offices in Mortimer Street, Birkenhead, and Sherbourne Square, in Huyton, have been closed, following the action by the SRA on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the SRA said: “That means he cannot work as a solicitor for the time being.
“The majority of these end up with some form of disciplinary procedure, many before the solicitors tribunal.”
Mr Anderson, who specialises in general motor and juvenile crime, general litigation and personal injury work, is now expected to be appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal at an unspecified future date, the SRA said.
The SRA spokesman said: “We have closed down the firm – we call it an intervention.
“In terms of winding down the firm, we will be returning papers and money to their rightful owners and the investigation into the conduct will continue.”
The Wirral solicitor has been involved with Chester City football club for around two years, and was first appointed to the Chester City FC board in 2007.
Previously, Anderson had assisted the club with a number of legal matters and at the time told the Daily Post he was pleased with his appointment, saying: “It is a pleasure to be joining the board of Chester City Football Club.
“I have worked for the club in a professional capacity for a couple of years, and defended the club in a number of recent cases.
“I will be looking after the legal interests of the club, and of course assisting it in any other way I can.”
Mr Anderson was made chairman in October, 2009.
Following the announcement, Anderson said: “It’s a difficult task but I am relishing the opportunity of getting more involved on a day to day basis with the club.”
But his tenure was brief and he stepped down at the end of December.
The club was later expelled from the league and subsequently reformed by a fans group who have been awarded the lease to the Deva stadium by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Mr Anderson was unavailable for comment when contacted yesterday.