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

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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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