A solicitor who runs his own practice in Cheadle appeared in court today charged with stealing more than £600,000 from clients.
Andrew Taylor, 56, was arrested in July last year after claims funds from the accounts of 13 clients were transferred into a personal account after he was given power of attourney.
Detectives raided Andrew J Taylor Solicitors, on Wilmslow Road, and also searched his 700,000 Victorian home in the leafy suburb – removing bags of evidence, including paperwork and computers.
Taylor, who specialises in conveyancing, commercial property and probate law, was charged last week following a 15-month investigation.
According his Twitter page, the 56-year-old is chairman of Cheadle Civic Society, treasurer for Cheadle Cricket Club and Cheadle Kingsway sports club and sits on the committees of the town’s village hall and traders’ association.
Taylor appeared before Stockport JPs accused of 13 counts of fraud by abuse of position of trust while occupying the position of solicitor and one count of money laundering between February 2011 and July 2013.
The final charge alleges he concealed, disguised, converted or transferred criminal property – namely money – by using the bank accounts of Cheadle Kingsway sports club.
The charges relate to cash totalling £623,920.00. When asked he wished to enter any pleas, Taylor said: “I don’t.”
The magistrates declined jurisdiction after submission from the prosecution and the case was sent to Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, for a preliminary hearing on November 17. Taylor was granted bail.
The solicitor’s practice was established in 1990 and was said to have ‘an innovative approach which has made us the choice for commercial heavyweights and small businesses alike’.
But shortly after his arrest Taylor’s certificate to practise was suspended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with immediate effect – meaning he cannot currently act on behalf of clients.
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