Published: 10:34, 18 October 2019
| Updated: 12:52, 19 October 2019
Several branches of a law firm specialising in house sales have been closed by a regulator - sparking fears as many as 100 jobs could be at risk.
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has announced it has intervened into trading from the Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Herne Bay offices of The Foster Partnership, while a branch in Rainham has also recently shut.
Officers from the property law watchdog reportedly went into the branches yesterday morning and told staff to go home.
It says the action has been taken following breaches of its code of conduct.
A message on the CLC's website says: "In light of breaches of the code of conduct and to protect the interests of the firm’s clients, the CLC has intervened into The Foster Partnership."
As a result, the regulator has appointed Stephensons Solicitors to ensure that all of the firm's matters are completed without delay.
The CLC does, though, insist the firm's clients can also appoint a new lawyer.
The Foster Partnership's website says it provides legal advice to those buying or selling property ranging from affordable housing to retirement homes.
It also gives dementia assistance and residential and commercial conveyancing services.