Ex-Hogan Lovells partner jailed for three years over £1.27m fraud

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  • "Mentally ill man steals £1.27m and pays it all back. Loses his job, wife and reputation. Gets three years".
    Injustice! 50 years! Hang him! Free all the rioters!

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  • He's got 3 years, half of which was suspended.
    That means he'll be eligible for release after one third of his actual sentence, i.e. after just six months!
    In any case, one would have thought that £700k a year would have been enough to finance the hookers and the Lady from Lebanon without having to dip into the petty cash.

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  • This is a sad case but no-one has mentioned the 3500 chargeable hours year. Working under that pressure is bound to lead to distortions in behaviour. A lesson for many perhaps - the greed element is not the theft but the pressure of City firms to earn more and more, sums that would have been regarded as ridiculous onlyta few years ago. He was apparently the model of what a senior partner should be!

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  • 3500 billable hours a year. Small wonder his life fell apart.

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  • Rural Bliss | 30-May-2012 5:37 pm - I make about £850,000 p.a. and it's more than enough to cover all pursuits of that nature.

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  • What a sad situation! Will his lady be waiting for him? He will at least be granted 3yrs of reflection (or half???) and free psychiatric help. No prostitutes will be sneaking into HMP.

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  • What a sad story. I say that as someone who knows the defendant well. If the object of the prosecution process is to exact retribution, it has surely achieved that. He is a sick man, both physically and mentally and will most likely never have a responsible job again. As a complete driven workaholic dedicated to the litigation process, that is probably the greatest punishment that he could endure. I suspect that the 6 months inside will be a walk in the park compared to the years afterwards.

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  • How is Grierson any better than the young woman who decided to go and loot from Currys (her employers) in her uniform during the riots? Both employees stole from their respective employers whilst in work garb. At least the ex-Currys employee had the decency to do her thieving under cover of darkness.
    The only difference is that Grierson thought that the normal rules regarding stealing from his employers were suspended for four years rather than four nights.
    In her defence, the young woman was not standing in judgement of her colleagues on disciplinary committees whilst on the rob, chowing down in the partner dining room (until one enlightened soul sussed that the hand of Grierson that betrayeth him was with him at the table) and billing 3,500 hours divvying-up Madoff's estate.
    Like so many in the City, Grierson had a looter mentality - so why shouldn't the punishment fit the crime?

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  • This is a sad case (and I would not have said that several weeks ago when I knew less of the detail behind it all). On the face of it he is not deserving of sympathy and the sentence seems light. However, the Court will have had far more information before it than any of us do. Depressive illnesses cause a loss of inhibition and risk-taking. I suspect he always knew - as a talented lawyer - that the game would be up at some point and that part of him wanted that to happen. He is plainly ruined and a broken man. A bit of compassion wouldn't be a bad thing.

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  • I agree with Anonymous | 30-May-2012 4:55 pm. If he truly has bipolar disorder then he needs psychiatric help and medication, not prison. I suspect those who feel otherwise know nothing of the illness.

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  • How is it possible to bill roughly 70 hours a week for an entire year, making a reasonable allowance for non-billable time each day?

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  • I see from the above comments that the anti-capitalist brigade have mobilised! Yawn Yawn………. change the record Swampy

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  • The key difference between Mr Grierson and the rioters is that he could afford a good lawyer. I also doubt whether he was really mentally ill - how coud someone who was bipolar bill 3500 chargeable hours? That is someone who is permanently manic. OCD or addictive personality or functioning psychopath perhaps. I have little sympathy for this chap - his wife clearly put up with being a lower priority than his career in exchange for lifestyle and for the sake of the kids (that he must never have seen a/way). S/one will want to hire him s/where and s/one as wealthy as that will pick up a new woman in no time. I am sure that he will re-appear as a GC s/where and will be a father again in a couple of years.

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  • Capitalism is a economic system. Stealing is dishonest. The two are not the same, and condemning people like Grierson is not an indicator of left wing views - just strong moral principle.

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  • Committ a crime pay the price! It just goes to show he has been claimed to be excellant lawyer and now all that hard work getting there just gone with reputation in tatters. I know i am studying to become a lawyer and if i ever get the chance to work for a big firm i would never throw it away.

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  • His proven dishonesty makes his 3500 chargeable hours appear to be unlikely to have been honestly recorded. His perceptions of right and wrong were distorted, so his integrity in recording the time must be in issue. I don't believe anyone who says they do that much. I encountered another rogue partner claiming 3000 hours and it was ultimately proven to have been exaggerated by dodgy dumping of time on files. Experience shows that rogue partners rarely confine their dishonesty to a single type of activity.

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  • anonymous 30 may...soo how many of the rioters had bipolar disorder and were depressed?
    this thing is getting down to people being prejudiced against a rich guy with problems, never mind the fact he had mental disorders :P

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  • I feel sorry for him, for the same reasons as all the other more compassionate/human commenters here. (Before anyone says anything else, I also feel sorry for the supposed "rioters" who got put in prison for wandering off with a bottle of water and such-like). I am flabbergasted that people are being so callous about a diagnosed mental illness as well.

    What good is putting him in prison at all going to do? He's not dangerous, and he's highly unlikely to re-offend. And there is no real need for a deterrent sentence, as the loss of reputation and (relative) financial ruin is probably enough of a deterrent to stop other (non-mentally-ill) law firm partners from doing the same.

    The one thing his prison sentence will do is cost the taxpayer a fair amount of money, of course... isn't it about £35k a year to keep someone in prison?

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