News Law firms HogLove calls in police as Grierson repays £1m of expenses By Margaret Taylor 3 June 2011 14:30 17 December 2015 14:52 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 3 June 2011 at 14:47 I sincerely hope that the police also investigate why there was such a long delay before they were brought in. Reply Link Anonymous 3 June 2011 at 15:40 How appalling… Makes the firm look as if it cares about criminal justice only once its own finances have been safely looked after. Reply Link Anonymous 3 June 2011 at 15:57 Well played Hogs. Make sure the scoundrel pays up before you shop him to the police. They are obviously getting some good advice Reply Link Anonymous 3 June 2011 at 16:08 The guy’s paid the money back – isn’t that enough? Why involve Plod? Reply Link Stuart Little 4 June 2011 at 12:24 “The guy’s paid the money back – isn’t that enough? Why involve Plod?” Anonymous@4.08pm – you clearly have no idea. There are so many things wrong with your comment it beggars belief. If you are a lawyer, I pity anyone that has the misfortune to instruct you. Reply Link Anonymous 5 June 2011 at 14:35 @ 3.40pm – The firm is fully entitled to prioritise its own interests. The money belongs to the firm and the partners, not the general public! We’re not talking about a political expenses scandal or taxpayers money here. I agree it is disgraceful what the guy has done, and I’m glad it’s been reported to the police in the end (after all, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be treated like any other criminal), but if Hogans wants to prioritise getting the money back ahead of anything else, provided no clients have been adversely affected, then it should be entitled to do so. Well played Lovells! Reply Link Little Pea 5 June 2011 at 21:12 Why involve Plod? Presumably because it merits it and there are some issues around honesty and integrity which may be of interest to Plod. Reply Link Anonymous 6 June 2011 at 08:48 “He committed a major breach of trust ” – nice way of saying he committed a major case of theft. Max Clifford would be proud. Reply Link Anonymous 6 June 2011 at 11:52 Staggering that comments along the lines of 4.08pm “The guy’s paid the money back – isn’t that enough? Why involve Plod?” are still being made. He is (a) a thief and thieves are not absolved of their crime by returning the goods once they are caught out, and (b) he is a senior and renowned lawyer and therefore deserves to be held to a higher standard than most Reply Link Anonymous 7 June 2011 at 14:33 @Anonymous | 6-Jun-2011 8:48 am Actually “breach of trust” is the correct legal terminology. As a partner he owed the firm fiduciary obligations. By knowingly recieving funds that he was not entitled to he quite literally committed a breach of trust. Reply Link Anonymous 7 June 2011 at 15:06 Oh, how well this will play with the public. I’d start by earmarking a look at C4 news tonight – they’ll enjoy this one. Questions will be asked about how this could have run for four years before being unearthed, and the delay of nearly a month in alerting the police of a major crime is frankly disgusting. Surely Hogloves understand that it’s possible to pursue their money while the police pursue their enquiries? Who was advising them – not just re the law, but also concerning their PR? I don’t detect attar of roses around this story at all! Reply Link Bemused 10 June 2011 at 04:23 I’m amused to see the claim that the misdemeanour was uncovered by a “regular checking process”. If thye’d had a regular checking process, they wouldn’t have been in this mess in the first place. Unless “regular” is defined as once every four years – and I’m afraid when it comes to auditing, it most certainly isn’t. Spare a thought for all those other partners with dubious expense claims (AKA a sense of entitlement that’s out of control). They must be quaking in their boots. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.