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Facing ruin - the high-life lawyer who had it all.

A TOP lawyer has had his firm closed after allegations of financial irregularities.

Self-styled laird Alastair Hall, who lives in a pounds 300,000 country mansion, has also been suspended by the Law Society.

They have sent a team into his plush offices to inspect the books and his company has been put up for sale.

Wealthy Hall, 42, from Glenshee, Perthshire - who is being sued by his former partners at a previous firm for pounds 150,000 - is now facing ten separate court actions and the ruin of his legal career.

For many years, Hall has lived the life of one of the wealthy country set as a prosperous, well-heeled lawyer.

Clients were attracted by his lifestyle, upper-class accent and lovely home.

His business in Blairgowrie, turns over around pounds 300,000 a year and he had more than 200 clients.

But his fortunes began to change when he was convicted at Perth Sheriff Court of a breach of the peace.

Hall was found drunk in the bedroom of a 14-year-old boy.

He admitted wandering into the boy's home in Coupar Angus late at night and was fined pounds 200 and ordered to pay the terrified youngster pounds 250 compensation.

Hall had to resign as a major with the Territorial Army and two years ago left the Perth- shire firm of Robertson and Black, in Blairgowrie, where he had spent 12 years as a partner.

He set up his own company, Hall and Co, but is being sued by Robertson and Black over the ending of the partnership.

Yesterday, James Black, of Robertson and Black, said they had raised the pounds 150,00 action against Hall.

A Law Society spokesperson added: "During a recent inspection of Hall and Co's accounts the society's accountants reported irregularities which require further investigation."

One local solicitor, who asked not to be named, said: "This has really come as no surprise to us.

"Hall had delusions of grandeur. He lived beyond his means and seemed to regard himself as some kind of Highland laird."

Hall's home is called Kingseat, a secluded mansion perched in the hills above Glenshee, which he bought in 1991.

Born in England, he is the eldest son of Rear Admiral Sir David Hall.

A former secretary of Perth Sporting Club, Alastair Hall was a regular at the races, where he took a box and is a member of an exclusive Fife shooting syndicate.

His four children all attend private schools and their birthday parties in the grounds of their luxury home were often enlivened with helicopter rides.

Yesterday, Hall declined to comment on his problems and referred our inquiries to his lawyers in Glasgow.

A judicial factor, Mrs Morna Grandison, appointed by the Court of Session, is now running Hall's firm until a buyer is found.

She said: "We have been appointed as a result of a client's concern regarding accounting discrepancies."
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Date:Jun 13, 1999
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