Lester Morrill’s head of criminal law was recently asked to represent a fellow solicitor who had been wrongly accused of witness intimidation.
Our client had previously acted for a finance company in a civil claim, with the case eventually settled in excess of £200,000 in favour of the firm he represented.
Following the conclusion, the defendants had pursued a vendetta against the solicitor, at first complaining to the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) and, when this came to nothing, then making a criminal allegation.
Their complaint centred on a letter which was sent to them during the civil proceedings, which they claimed had a threatening tone.
Lester Morrill’s Philip Goldberg strongly believed that the correspondence was appropriate and persuaded police not to arrest the solicitor and instead conduct a voluntary interview.
Detailed representations were made to the Crown Prosecution Service, and they concluded that no criminal offence had taken place.
Mr Goldberg said: “This is an important case, otherwise the legal profession would be open to this type of allegation and it would prevent solicitors bringing matters to an early conclusion and avoiding costly trials.
“Personally it is always nice to be asked to represent another professional who values your experience when allegations are made against them. There can be no better recommendation than when others lawyers want you to represent them.”
Lester Morrill’s criminal law team has a wealth of experience acting for clients facing a range of charges. For further advice on the services we offer, contact our Leeds-based solicitors today.