Macfarlanes partner invented kidnap story to avoid drink-driving charge, court hears

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  • Macfarlanes is getting almost as accident prone as SJ Berwin.

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  • What on earth was he thinking? Astonishing.

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  • at last, an interesting stiory in the Lawyer

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  • Been reading too much John Grisham!

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  • Sugar Fix? Five pints of Guinness? Just have a Mars bar for goodness' sake!

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  • Claimed not have crashed the car but DNA on the airbag proved otherwise.
    Are Partners at City Law firms all this thick ?

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  • 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?

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  • Show some sympathy legal profession.

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  • He was found guilty on the Friday. He collapsed in the dock from a panic attack for which he was taken to hospital for. He was told a prison sentence was likely.

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  • 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!

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  • It's the llamas I feel sorry for in all of this.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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!

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  • A very sad story

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  • Slightly worrying that this sort of thing goes on at macfarlanes. Is this the sort of person they let in??

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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'.

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