Addleshaws partner resigns amid expenses saga

Addleshaw Goddard is working with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over alleged discrepancies in the expenses and disbursements of a former partner.

Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert

Commercial real estate partner Mark Gilbert resigned from Addleshaws’ LLP on 10 May following an internal investigation into alleged discrepancies in the equity partner’s claims.

Gilbert is now a consultant at Devonshires, which he joined on 10 May.

No details have been released as to the amount of money in dispute and both Addleshaws and Devonshires said Gilbert denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson for Addleshaws said in a statement: “Mark Gilbert has resigned from the business after an internal investigation ­discovered apparent ­discrepancies relating to expenses and disbursements. This is a discrete set of ­circumstances; no similar set of circumstances has been identified and no clients will suffer any loss. The firm is cooperating with the SRA and will not be commenting further until its review has concluded. We understand that Mark, who denies any wrongdoing, is also ­cooperating with the SRA.”

Gilbert did not answer calls for comment.

The SRA has also been investigating another case of financial irregularities involving expenses at a major City firm.

On 17 May The Lawyer revealed that Hogan Lovells senior litigator Christopher Grierson had been dismissed from the partnership after claiming more than £1m in false expenses over four years, mostly in travel claims.

However, in that case ­Grierson admitted wrongdoing and offered to pay back the money that he had falsely claimed.