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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