Walsall councillor's law firm warned over potentially 'misleading' information

A law firm run by a Walsall councillor has been told it may have to remove potentially “misleading” information from its website.

Councillor Suky Samra
Councillor Suky Samra

Capital Leisure, which is based in Walsall and has Streetly councillor Suky Samra as a managing director, is subject to an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over claims made on its website.

The SRA’s probe surrounds claims the company, which includes an arm called Capital Legal, “has a team of specialist solicitors and legal advisors”.

The authority said although it accepted the company is “not holding itself out to be a firm of solicitors”, the description could be misleading to the public.

Councillor Samra said he was happy to work with the authority to resolve the issue and insisted the information was “not there to mislead anyone”.

He said the website would be taken down while the matter was looked into further.

An SRA notice, seen by the Express & Star, said: “Both [the firm’s] websites state “it has a specialist team of solicitors and legal advisors”.

“It is not clear whether this is an external team used by the organisation,” the notice continued.

“This information may be considered misleading publicity to the public.”

The SRA has warned it will consider further action if the information is not clarified.

A spokesman said: “We have written to the company asking them to clarify their business model and take down this reference if it’s not correct.

“They have not responded as yet, so we are considering next steps.”

However, Councillor Samra, who was elected in 2018, said he was not aware of any investigation prior to being contacted by the E&S.

He said: “We connect people with SRA-regulated firms. There have never been any complaints or concerns raised.

“We are happy to work with them to resolve this issue. It is not there to mislead anyone.”

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