Midlands law firm Challinors in administration
A Midlands law firm has gone into administration with dozens of workers made redundant.
Challinors Solicitors had offices in Birmingham, Halesowen, West Bromwich, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Wolverhampton and Long Eaton.
Client files have been transferred to other law firms and 46 staff members have been made redundant.
Administrators RSM Tenon said the step was taken after "a statutory demand issued by a creditor".
It said: "Due to the potential risk of insolvency as a result of the demand, RSM Tenon have been working very closely with the key stakeholders of the firm and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority."
Andrew Hosking, joint administrator, said: "All possible steps have been and will continue to be taken to minimise the impact of the administration on clients and protect their confidentiality.
"We tried to sell the business as a whole but after limited interest it was clear the disposal could not be achieved for the appropriate considered value and in the necessary timeframes.
"Therefore, regrettably the business had to be broken up into several constituent parts.
"The sale of the various parts of the business was made pre-appointment."
He added: "Unfortunately we have had no choice but to make 46 redundancies at this present time, but in most cases, these employees have already been able to secure jobs with the purchasers in accordance with pre-appointment sales of business and assets."
Challinors was originally established in 1983. Birmingham-based law firms Shoosmiths and Clarke Wilmott are among the firms that have bought parts of the business.