The disciplinary case against solicitor Philip Shiner and his firm, Public Interest Lawyers, has reached its conclusion in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in London.
Russell-Cooke acted for the Solicitors’ regulator, the SRA, in one of the largest and most complex disciplinary cases concerning solicitors to date. The case has been very widely covered in the national press and television including Sky News and The Guardian. It concluded with Professor Shiner being found guilty of serious professional misconduct, being struck-off and being ordered to pay £250,000 on account of his liability to pay the SRA’s costs of the case.
The allegations related to Professor Shiner’s handling of claims of murder and torture against British forces in Iraq. The claims following a judicial review of the Ministry of Defence’s investigation, were the subject of the Al Sweady Inquiry conducted by retired judge, Sir Thayne Forbes at a cost to public funds of more than £25 million. The Inquiry found that the very serious allegations were false and based on lies.
The case was handled by Russell-Cooke’s Senior Partner John Gould assisted by senior associate Tom Bradford. Counsel was Andrew Tabachnik.
John Gould commented “The rule of law depends on the ability of lawyers to represent unpopular clients with independence. The ability of all lawyers to do so is preserved by the public’s confidence that lawyers are held to account if they break the rules.”