Hogan Lovells dismisses senior litigator over £1m of false expenses

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  • Does anyone know how much Lovells billed on BCCI and what proportion of the billed amount represented disbursements? Having made things public, in order to remain a credible outfit, HogLove must also make public whether they have reviewed the disbursements on all the major files that CG worked on.

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  • Various posters above are right - this is reputational dynamite for the firm but has been adroitly handled. The legacy Lovells press team is highly respected internally and across the City firms. The sympathetic way this has been reported by the media is the result of years of relationship building after some fairly bloody treatment in the past. The comms people deserve a lot of credit.

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  • How sickening to see the the replies here saying what a wonderful guy he is - no doubt it's his chums from the gentleman's club, rallying around.

    The guy is a thief. Pure and simple. He stole £1m over four years and if you and I had done that we would be prosecuted and jailed - that he is prepared to repay it is an admission of guilt and in no way detracts from the fact that he stole the money.

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  • In response to "Cynical about comments"

    No, I'm not Christopher Grierson in disguise, but I have known Christopher for many years and he was one of the best. I wholeheartedly concur with other anonymous entries above that Christopher was always a consumate professional, incredibly hard-working and above all a gentleman. I cannot imagine for one minute what has prompted this behaviour but it is a very sad end to a distinguished career.

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  • "Anonymous 18May-2011 9.24am"
    Obviously not that supportive that you're prepared to publicise your name. Why would that be?

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  • This shows, once again, the damage that can be caused by group think and the old school mentality of the city. 'He's one of us' thinking allowed this man to get away with stealing FOR FOUR YEARS. And now he's been found out that same mentality attempts to suggest that there are two types of stealing, one for the rich and connected and one for the rest of us. It is exactly this sort of distorted thinking that has allowed the bankers off the hook, despite their theft of billions of taxpayers money to stay afloat, and it exactly this distorted thinking that aloowed this man to get away with this for so long.
    Remember the Goldman Sachs secretary who stole from her employer..........currently serving 4 years!
    All in this together...................no!

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  • The repeated references to what a gentleman this guy was are somewhat surreal. Even Stalin was nice to children.

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  • In response to "Cynical about comments"
    I'm not Chris in disguise either. I doubt very much he is trawling through The Lawyer's website at the moment to see what people are saying about him. No-one condones what he did - or indeed understands - but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he really was one of the nicest partners in the firm. The fact that some of his ex-colleagues have shown him support and acknowledged his good characteristics doesn't deserve such derision and contempt.

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  • Let's be frank. We're at best talking money transfer by deception / fraud, possibly with forgery as well if faked receipts / dcouments were presetned alongside the claims.
    Regardless as to his pleasing character the chap needs to be interviewed under caution, it simply isn't good enough for COLP to decline to deal as this is a 'civil matter'.
    As for HoLo's reputation if I was one of their client's I would be having grave concerns as to their internal governance processes and risk management, notwithstanding that they seem to find it unsurprising that he could spend probably in the region of £1200 per day!
    Who signed off his claims, who was auditing the expenses, let's be frank if you can be so slack with £1m what's the odd leak of confidential and market senstive information?

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  • Gentlemen don't steal from their partners.

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