Missing Lawyer's Finances Probed by Accountants; WIFE RENEWS APPEAL AFTER LAWSOCIETY CHECKS PRACTICE'S BOOKS

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Missing Lawyer's Finances Probed by Accountants; WIFE RENEWS APPEAL AFTER LAWSOCIETY CHECKS PRACTICE'S BOOKS


Byline: ELIZABETH QUIGLEY

A TEAM of accountants were called in to examine the books of a legal practice after a solicitor withdrew [pounds sterling]5,000 from his bank and vanished without trace, it was revealed last night.

The Law Society of Scotland urged yesterday that any client of missing lawyer Alistair Liddle who wanted access to documents or files should get in touch.

News that accountants had examined Mr Liddle's accounts on Monday and Tuesday of this week emerged as his distraught wife appealed again for her husband to get in touch.

Anne Marie Liddle, 41, said she has no idea why her husband disappeared.

The 40-year-old lawyer left their home in Forres, Morayshire, last Wednesday but failed to turn up for a meeting in Edinburgh with Law Society accountants.

Yesterday a spokesman for the legal body explained that it sent accountants to check the books of every Scottish solicitors' practice at least once every two years. The Society's Gillian Meighan said: 'A request for attendance here is not necessarily an indication of guilt, and nothing of that sort should be inferred. …

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