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The only circumstances a solicitor can do this is if :
1. They are appointment by the Court of Protection and act as a financial deputy (so they are allowed to do this) - generally this is the case if their client does not have mental capacity; or
2. They have a signed power of attorney which allows them to make decisions for you; or
3. The client has signed an agreement (a form of authority) allowing them access for whatever reason.
If none of the above apply then no, they cannot access someone's bank account. If they do you could report them to the Solicitor's Regulation Authority (SRA) for breach of their duties which they owe to their client.
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