HogLove calls in police as Grierson repays £1m of expenses

Hogan Lovells has reported former partner Christopher Grierson to the police after the senior litigator repaid the £1m he claimed as false expenses from the firm over four years.

Grierson, 59, had originally been required to repay the money by 27 May, but the firm’s management agreed to extend the deadline until today (1 June 2011).

Hogan Lovells’ decision to report Grierson to the police follows three weeks of pressure for the firm to treat the incident as a criminal matter.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority was informed of the false expenses on 11 May and has since launched an investigation into the matter and Hogan Lovells’ expense checking procedures (23 May 2011).

In a statement, a spokesperson for Hogan Lovells said: “Since discovering Christopher’s actions our focus has been on promptly investigating and gathering the necessary evidence; being open with partners and our people about what has happened; and notifying the regulator. We have now recovered the money owed to us and have notified the City of London police.

“No clients were affected as a result of Christopher’s actions. He committed a major breach of trust and we have taken the appropriate action throughout.

“We will be making no further comments on this matter.”

Grierson was dismissed from the Hogan Lovells partnership on 11 May after a regular checking process at the firm uncovered a string of false expenses, mainly consisting of airfares which Grierson had booked and then cancelled over a period of four years (17 May 2011).