Clifford Chance's Charlton arrested over Hong Kong car crash

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  • If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

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  • Who cares?

    So DUI is not good, sure - we all know that. But lead story on what is supposed to be an informative legal website? Come on guys...leave this one for Ming Pao and don't insult your own intelligence and well established reputation for quality legal journalism. I would suggest that this one be archived now!

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  • I thought this type of expat behaviour was long gone. Obviously not!

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  • Well its his personal matter and i don think anyone has to really bother about his behavior!!ITs unto him to keep up the professional sanity so long as he does not become unprofessional!!Who knows what personal mental trauma he had in his family to drink dat much!!the comfortable news is no one is injured is that accident!!

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  • @ Arun | 16-Mar-2012 11:46 am - It's a 'personal matter' which we should all show huge understanding and sympathy for if it's someone at the the top, and instant dismissal and a likely career change for anyone else. Even in the case of a serious criminal offence.

    Despicable.

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  • 'understanding & sympathy''....''personal mental trauma..''....this is a drunk driver that came close to killing lives, probably after a jolly of some description .... !

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  • I hope that those people whose comments are effectively trying to talk this despicable crime down as a "personal matter" are from CC PR department and are not qualified solicitors. If you are and that is your standard, you are clearly not fit to be practsing, particularly in today's regulatory climate.

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  • See if you can spot the CC spin doctors in this comments thread. If he was an associate he would be soon gone for bringing the firm into disrepute, but because he is a top guy it is a personal matter and we should feel sorry for him. I imagine CC paid for the booze that nearly killed a poor taxi driver

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  • If he had killed someone in the accident, would it still be a personal matter?
    A car my daughter was in was hit by a drunk driver. She survived just fine, one of her friends was killed. The story did hit a personal chord.

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  • Charlton's predicament would be enough to turn most men to drink.
    A Clifford Chance partner would never show such poor judgment however, such weakness of character is a trait found only in the peasants.

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  • Some of the responses to this article seem to display an element of disdain towards the legal profession. I wonder why that is the case and more importantly, what can we do change this opinion.

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  • He has survived, like many at CC, for years under the one rule for them and another rule for us on a whole range of so called " personal matters ", but this time it will be difficult to hide and just shuffle him off somewhere else, which is what they did when they sent him to Hong Kong in the first place

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  • at least he didn't tell them he'd been kidnapped

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  • what 'mental trauma' or 'predicament' are the above posts referring to? what happened to him?

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  • A Jaguar sports car? How cliche - he should be fired for lack of creativity in choice of automobile.

    To LawMap - the reason that 'disdain' is the case is that many lawyers are moral pygmies. Law is no longer a profession - it is a business where sales matters, and little else. Shakespeare would now say; 'the first thing we do is co-opt all of the lawyers, that should be easy.'

    Maybe we should have an index what level of business will allow you to get away with what level of miscreant behaviour. How much business to get away with a drunk driving charge? Anyone want to start bidding?

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  • Striking, isn't it, that CC doesn't regard him as important enough to need a driver?

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  • Well at least he hasn't yet blamed his questionable behaviour on mental instability and gotten away with his crime a la Amina Bokhary.

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  • See you in the dole queue Pete.

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  • This was a typical behaviour of English expects overseas! Drunk and break the law.

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  • Public transport in HK is cheap and plentyful. I am afraid this shows arrogance on a grand scale. A senior partner whose earnings must be stratospheric can easily afford a taxi or even a driver. Driving after a hooley is just unacceptable which ever you lok at it. It may be a personal matter right now but if he gets convicted and loses his practicing cert, I think it will be a firm matter then as he wont be able to earn fees and then who would be stumping up for the large expat deal he is likely to be on (house, car, schools, flights, etc etc).

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