Hogan Lovells has agreed to extend by a week the deadline for former partner Christopher Grierson to repay £1m in false expenses.
The senior litigator, who had been a respected partner at the firm for more than 30 years before the fraudulent expense claims were uncovered last month, was originally due to repay the full amount to the firm by last Friday (27 May).
A Hogan Lovells spokesman confirmed the firm had now given Grierson until this Friday (3 June) to repay the money. The spokesman declined to comment further.
Grierson, 59, was dismissed from the Hogan Lovells partnership on 11 May after a regular checking procedure discovered he had been claiming false expenses, most of which were airfares, for four years (17 May 2011).
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched an investigation into the false claims and Hogan Lovells’ expense checking procedures, but the firm has not yet reported the matter to the police (23 May 2011).