Macfarlanes partner invented kidnap story to avoid drink-driving charge, court hears By Margaret Taylor 16 December 2011 13:39 17 December 2015 13:59 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 16 December 2011 at 14:50 Macfarlanes is getting almost as accident prone as SJ Berwin. Reply Link Anonymous 16 December 2011 at 15:58 What on earth was he thinking? Astonishing. Reply Link Anonymous 16 December 2011 at 16:05 at last, an interesting stiory in the Lawyer Reply Link Kim Philby 16 December 2011 at 16:42 Been reading too much John Grisham! Reply Link Anonymous 16 December 2011 at 17:01 Sugar Fix? Five pints of Guinness? Just have a Mars bar for goodness’ sake! Reply Link Anonymous 16 December 2011 at 18:50 Claimed not have crashed the car but DNA on the airbag proved otherwise. Are Partners at City Law firms all this thick ? Reply Link Christine Bleakley 16 December 2011 at 19:27 Serious question: Not being a lawyer, what are the professional inmplications of being convicted for something like this? (assuming the kipper had just pleaded guilty and not made up this b******s) Are you still ok to practice as a civl lawyer, or do you lose your license/practicing certificate? Reply Link Anonymous 16 December 2011 at 20:57 Show some sympathy legal profession. Reply Link Anonymous 18 December 2011 at 11:36 He was found guilty on the Friday. He collapsed in the dock from a panic attack for which he was taken to hospital for. I believe this was a ploy to try and get sympathy for the verdict. He was told a prison sentence was likely. Reply Link Michael Haversham 18 December 2011 at 19:50 Good for Francis (well not the drink driving bit but the rest of the story…) – so much more interesting than dreary tales of what drone is moving jobs which no one with a personality really cares about anyway! Reply Link Gilbert Faversham 19 December 2011 at 11:02 It’s the llamas I feel sorry for in all of this. Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2011 at 13:13 It is hard to feel sympathy for someone who has so spectacularly brought about his own downfall. The sympathy should be reserved for his wife and kids who now have to pick up the pieces as a consequence of his immense stupidity. Reply Link Anon 19 December 2011 at 14:18 Sympathy for who? Sounds like it is only by luck that he didn’t kill someone, given he couldn’t avoid a stationary telegraph pole which, presumably, was situated on the pavement, hitting it with enough force to write off a very sturdy range rover. Sympathy for who? Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2011 at 22:22 So funny – Macfarlanes really is full of old school city boy partners who think they can get away with anything. Its nice to see they get their just deserts in the end! Reply Link Anonymous 20 December 2011 at 13:12 A very sad story Reply Link Anonymous 20 December 2011 at 23:06 Slightly worrying that this sort of thing goes on at macfarlanes. Is this the sort of person they let in?? Reply Link Anonymous 23 December 2011 at 17:08 Clearly none of those condemning him knows the guy or his circumstances. Whilst we can all agree that drinking & driving is clearly a stupid thing to do, it is also understandable that in a slightly befuddled state he may have panicked and made up this ridiculous story. Why he didn’t fess up when he was sober is also understandable to a degree (reputation etc.), and I’m sure he now wishes he had. A ban for drink driving isn’t the end of the world, but a prison sentence might seem like it. Reply Link Anonymous 21 January 2012 at 22:47 I can see no reason why he should be locked up at the expense of the tax payer. I have known him since age 4 and, with no driving licence, he is hardly a threat to the public. He will be punishing himself severely no doubt. Surely many hours community service would be better? No-one knows his personal circumstances – if they did they might be more sympathetic. I hope he can get his life back together fairly quickly and utilise his unquestionable talents. Reply Link Anonymous 28 January 2012 at 22:30 I think the reason he got a prison sentence, is because he lied to the police and tried to maintain that lie, throughout the proceedings. You may think it’s waste of tax payers money, but he has to be made to pay for wasting police time and money. If he’d just held up his hands and accepted the drink drive charge, he’d still have a job and no criminal record. I think the judge summed it up quite eloquently quoting Walter Scott’s Marmion ‘oh what a tangled web we weave,when first we practice to deceive’. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.