Pressure on Hogan Lovells to inform Met of fraud

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  • I can't understand this. Normally criminal proceedings are dealt with first, and then any disciplinary proceedings follow later. This is why some of the SDT strikings off refer to XXXX "of HM Prison." It's hardly going to do the reputation of the profession any good, if errant bookeepers are relentlessly prosecuted, but the misdeeds of solicitors are not even reported to the police.

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  • Getting the police involved really would be to blow this little incident out of all proportion.

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  • So a CC accountant gets jailed for £30k, MPs jailed for 50k expense frauds, but a partner stealing £1m is a "little incident". Hardly fair is it?
    The real reason may well be because some of these claims were charged to clients and that would present HL with a little local difficulty in explaining, auditing, refunding etc.

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  • @ City Gent - £1 million is a 'little incident'? Are you a lawyer or perhaps a MP..?

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  • City Gent, are you taking the mick? He defrauded the Partnership of £1M. If the Police did nothing and I was a Partner, I would be launching a private prosecution.
    Going to the Police should be the second course of action, the SRA being the first.
    I do hope you're trying to be ironic

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  • How ironic that he practices in litigation, insolvency and fraud. Would he represent himself if he was taken to court?

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  • In what way would reporting the matter to COLP have preented disclosure of the resignation / dismissal?
    A very poor excuse to use for non reporting.
    What is a concern is that the SRA haven't reported this, or if they have that this hasn't been disclosed and that the disciplinary investigation is on hold while the police investigate.

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  • The man is despicable and should be in prison. Frankly if Hogan Lovells don't want to contact the police then they should be prosecuted too.
    This isn't going to go away, too many are simply too disgusted by this and the sheer moral hypocrisy.

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  • It's normally about this point that the man himself pops up on these comment boards to say "I worked with Chris and he's a good egg, and I think it is a great shame that people are being beastly about him"

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  • Hmmmmmm.................how would this look in the Daily Mail?
    FAT CAT LAWYERS LET MILLION POUND THEFT GO UNPUNISHED
    YES, IT WAS ONE OF THEIR OWN WHO DID IT

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