Local solicitor is suspended

Solicitor Ian Hamilton.
Solicitor Ian Hamilton.

A Forfar and Kirriemuir based solicitor has been suspended after confusion surrounding accounts arose earlier this year.

John Hamilton, also known as Ian, from MacLean and Lowson has been working as a solicitor in Scotland for more than 25 years.

Mr Hamilton has been suspended while an investigation takes place into allegations of breaches to accounts rulls.

A Law Society spokeswoman said: “John (Ian) Hamilton has been suspended from practising as a solicitor since October 10, 2013, for breaches of the accounts rules.

“Clients can call the Law Society of Scotland on 0131 226 7411 with any queries or ongoing business.”

Mr Hamilton became a partner at MacLean and Lowson in 1985. He deals with legal matters including matrimonial work, civil court, trusts and executries, private client work and conveyancing.

A spokeswoman for MacLean and Lowson said: “Further to the story that appeared in the press it must be emphasised that, contrary to the report, neither MacLean and Lowson, or Ian Hamilton, have at any time been accused of any financial offences.

“A situation arose when there was a deficit created in a client account contravening Law Society of Scotland rules. However, this deficit was caused as a direct result by actions of RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland). RBS have admitted full liability and full responsibility for the deficit situation. RBS have further upheld Mr Hamilton’s complaint against them and they have rectified the situation and offerered compensation and costs.

“There is an ongoing appeal process by Mr Hamilton for the suspension to be lifted. The Law Society of Scotland have been made fully aware of the RBS involvement.”

No comment from RBS was available at the time of going to press.