CLIENTS of a town solicitors company have been queuing to collect their files, following the announcement that the parent company of the firm is going into administration.
Wilkins and Thompson Solicitors, in Carter Street, have announced that they are going into administration, after it was revealed that parent company Hacking Ashton Solicitors went into liquidation in August.
Glandfield and Cruddas Solicitors who are also based in Carter Street are also rumoured to be affected, as they are also part of the Hacking Ashton group, though they have not yet confirmed for definite that they will be going into liquidation.
Clients of the solicitors have not yet been informed what to do about files stored at the firm, but people have been seen to be queueing round the block to collect their papers.
Two of the firms solicitors are likely to move to Burton firm Astle Paterson to continue business.
Alan Smith, whose family are clients of the solicitors said: “My mother-in-law had a house purchase handled by Wilkins and Thompson.
“Her house documents and deeds are stored at the solicitors.
“We heard a rumour that the firm would be closing down, but it is quite bizarre as we, as clients, were not informed of anything by the firm.
“There must be thousands of clients who have their property deeds and other important documents stored at the firm and no-one has been notified.
“People have been queuing round the block to collect their files, and they are only open until Monday.
“We’d be interested to know what will be happening to all the files stored there. “They have a duty to inform clients of what is happening.
“We have spoken to admin and they were only informed on Tuesday that they were without a job.”
A spokesman for Hacking Ashton said: “We can confirm that we are going into administration.”
At the time of going to press, no one from Wilkins and Thompson was available for comment.