Barrister who forged Baroness Hale's signature struck off by BSB

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  • The part with Baroness Hale and then Lord Phillips and the kidnapping is a wonderful science fiction scenario!
    Mr Mercouris has a wild imagination. I guess he now has a new career option!

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  • This is interesting - according to this website
    http://crimeofthecentury.wordpress.com/about/
    Mercouris has been held prisoner by the Russian government

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  • It's normally the client who is a complete nutter, not the lawyer!

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  • all in all a rather sad story for all concerned

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  • I thought forgery was a criminal offence - surely this person should be reported to the police.

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  • I fear for the cats.

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  • Something seems very fishy here. Should the consequences of forging the signature not include a jail term, rather than just being struck off? Given that the case seems to be brought by the kind of person that contributes to such hilarious websites as "Solicitors from Hell," I'd automatically be skeptical.

    The link in the comments above even suggests that this guy has "got greedy and caused the financial crash worldwide!" We're onto something everyone!- tell the IMF!

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  • It's a pity he got struck off - I'm sure there would have been a career for him in the CPS. More seriously, he was, er, "Called to the Bar", but was he even properly in practice? The underlying scandal/tragedy here is the Bar Schools' business model, which involves taking in a majority of people who will never practise, a significant minority of whom are Walter Mitties. This is the tip of an iceberg...

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  • This sad tale, could be turned into quite an extraordinary west end face theatrical production, or a film... One has to admit, Mr Mercouris was more than just Mercurial, he entered the land of Grimms tales and span a web of incredible creativity, that got more and more entangled, albeit so unlikely. The theatrical version could extend matters to others, including the Russian government, who (see post above) are said on a website to have held him captive. You couldn't make it up....but he did, clearly.

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  • Entertaining but also very sad and a complete waste of time

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  • Many years ago, I volunteered at the CAB based in the RCJ. Alexander Mercouris was the full time CAB worker in charge of that office. That office has regularly been praised by the courts for the assistance it gives, particularly to litigants in person. Over the years Mr Mercouris must have helped thousands of people involved in all sorts of litigation. It appears that he has lately suffered some serious personal problems but in light of some of the comments here I wanted to let people know what a lot of good he has previously done. Which of us has done as much?

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  • This poor fellow is very clearly "not fully in control of his faculties" and needs therapy, not striking off and footling tribunals

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  • Did the MP barrister(s) who cheated on their expenses also get struck off? or did they just pay back their 'illegal' expenses and carry on as normal? Does anyone know?

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  • I knew Alex -- I was one of his victims from the RCJ CAB, one of many I might add..

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  • What an incredible tale, Lord Phillips as a grandmother stealing, kidnapping bribing gangster. Fantastic. The real victim is however the client for whom this character was pretending to work, and the BSB were clearly correct in their decision. Just goes to show how easily a position of trust can be abused.

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  • Anonymous | 13-Mar-2012 @ 5:45 pm
    Thank you for that comment; it's so easy to forget all the good a 'villain' did in the past and readily cast the first (or upteenth) stone. We should remember that Alex himself if a victim of some sort, least of all of himself, and that he too needs help, if nothing else.
    I hope he's able to find his feet again some day.

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  • I am Lorna Jamous and the former client (victim ) of Mr Mecrcouris and i must add not the only one. I agree that his crimes should be investigated by the police now the police have fresh evidence they should re-interview him regarding these crimes. There are other similar cases regarding Mr Mercouirs, yet mine is the only one which has been reported probably because of the BSB hearing on Monday . I was annoyed at the hearing when Mr Mercouris acting skills seemed to work very well on the panel when he appeared as the victim in all of this and the only apology which he made was to the panel and not me or my sons. I do hope that Justice will be done and I will not rest until he is made to answer to the criminal courts for his actions.

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  • A victim? he is a crook who forged a Judges signiture and tried to blame it on me Lorna Jamous. He will be prosecuted through the criminal courts and i will make sure of this as i made sure he was struck off. Alex obviously had a motive for his lies and deception the RCJ are well aware of his lies as are the police and many others. If a bent Barrister gets sympathy because of his lies and crimes then God help us.

    Lorna Jamous (fighter for Justice)

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  • I wholeheartedly support Lorna Jamous, Julie Knight and all his other victims. many people are depressed and have problems, that is no excuse to knowingly tell lies to deceive the people who went to see him for his help, some help, he just abused us!

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  • Like Lorna Jamous, Mr Mercouris told me not to attend court!
    Had I done so I would have defended my case against my local authority and wouldn't have to deal with it now, 8 years later. Mr Mercouris told me that the local authority had quashed my case, that I didn't have to attend court. At the same time, he told the LCCC that my local authority HADN'T quashed the case.

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  • Were any journalists actually present at the tribunal, or was this article based on some kind of press release by "fighters for justice" ?

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  • I consulted Mercouris and then noticed he was listed on solicitorsfromhell.co.uk and I went elsewhere. Thank you SFH. Please come back – you are needed!

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  • Of course the journalist was there, his name is at the top of this article.This man is known to the police and was subject to a previous police investigation in 2008 , guess what for? thats right he forged a Judge's signature and the Judge went to the police. This is fact you cant print something without being able to prove it.
    For the above comment there is another site, solicitors from hell 2, American based. Bad solicitors and Barristers need to be named and shamed and the public have a right to know. Anyone who has a problem with this has obviously got something to hide.

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  • As a practising solicitor, it is Lorna Jamous who has my sympathy. She has been let down by the legal profession.
    I too used to volunteer at CAB when I was in practise in the city. It was shambolic, amateur and (often due to the late instructions by clients) didn't achieve many results for the 1000's of hours of free city time.
    Mr Mercouris had choices, he may have been depressed or unwell but he still choose to disadvantage his client. Sadly, as well as sympathy (if he is unwell) he also needs conviction for his criminal actions to show that this is NOT acceptable.
    It wasn't a joke to his clients who lives have been irreparably damaged by his deceits.

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  • Desmond Hudson, CEO of the Law Society accused whistle-blower, Rick Kordowski, the publisher of SolicitorsFromHell.co.uk of ‘criminal behaviour’ and had his website shut down by the High Court. I really doubt sustainable criminal proceeding will be brought against Alaxander Mercouris. He will probably just walk away as do so many rogue lawyers and barristers in the UK. But Lorna – don’t give up!

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  • Thanks for that comment. At the very least he will get a criminal record (i will make sure of it) after all we cant have barristers forging Judges signatures can we? sending out the wrong message i think. They didnt really want to prosecute him but they couldnt get out of it given all the evidence i had given them. :)

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  • This man is a very evil and clever conman who knew exactly what he was doing. He was feeding this woman, who trusted him, a costant web of lies. He has brought the Law Society into disrepute and whilst he has been struck off, this is not good enough. He should be charged by the police and prosecuted for forging Baroness Hale`s signature and recieve a criminal record for his actions. I also believe that he should be tried in a Civil Court and made to pay substantial damages to Miss Jamous for the mental ordeal he had put her through. This is a very brave and strong woman and without people like her in this world
    we would never know how some people in the legal proffession could be so corrupt.

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  • Thank you so much for your comments, I will do my best to make sure justice is done (this time around) and hopefully the MET POLICE will also.

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