Judge faces conspiracy allegations

Circuit judge Richard Gee has been charged with conspiracy to defraud various mortgage lenders and building societies between 1980 and 1989.

Gee, 53, who was appointed in 1991 and assigned to the South Eastern circuit, was admitted as a solicitor in 1968 and worked as a senior partner with south London firm JB Wheatley & Co prior to his appointment as a judge.

Suspended by the Lord Chancellor since his arrest at the end of last year, Gee said he welcomed the chance to clear his name. He was remanded on bail at Bow Street Magistrates Court on Friday last week until 27 September.