A MERSEYSIDE coroner is under investigation over his personal conduct after his business partner made up invoices and took money from clients.
The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) has launched an investigation into Wirral coroner Christopher Johnson after he was referred to them in a rare move by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge.
It is in light of a maximum fine of £2,000 issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for his role in wrongdoing at the now closed solicitors firm Rex Taylor and Meadows, West Kirby. He was also ordered to pay £3,000 costs.
The ECHO understands the Lord Chief Justice became aware of the SRA’s finding and referred the matter to the OJC on January 16.
When the ECHO contacted Mr Johnson, he declined to comment.
An SRA investigation into Rex Taylor and Meadows found Mr Johnson had “no direct knowledge” of the firm’s improper dealings, “which were the responsibility of another partner”. But the fine was still levied because Mr Johnson was judged to have been “jointly responsible” for the firm’s breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.
The investigation is expected to last around three month.