A MERSEYSIDE solicitor has vowed to clear his name after being accused of stealing money from his former firm.
James Parry, 49, was arrested on September 6 on suspicion of theft from Birkenhead-based Nadim Associates Solicitors before his resignation in October last year.
Mr Parry, who was bailed pending further inquiries, is set to be a key witness speaking against his former practice partner Ibrahim Nadim at an employment tribunal in November.
The Formby dad-of-two is due to speak against Mr Nadim over allegations of sexual discrimination against two former female employees who quit the firm in September last year.
Mr Parry said: “I find it extraordinary an allegation was made against me.
“I believe the allegation, which has not been proven and with no charge brought, is entirely misconceived and unfounded and I categorically deny any wrongdoing.”
Mr Parry, who has worked on Merseyside since 1990, is now a partner in the firm Parry Welch Lacey, in Page Moss.
Mr Parry added: “I have nothing to fear from a police investigation.
“The Solicitors Regulation Authority ordered a review of Nadim Associates’ accounts before April 14 this year and they came to speak to me.
“None of these allegations were ever raised.”
Nadim Associates is described as a “family-run practice based in Liverpool and Wirral” which has “established itself as a prominent fully integrated firm of solicitors”.
Its director Ibrahim Nadim, a former British Merchant mariner, told the News: “I cannot comment. It is in the hands of the police.”