Thursday, February 21, 2008

Calls for full disclosure on legal complaints commission members as Justice Department 'covers up' conflicts of interest in appointments scandal

Calls seem to be growing for full disclosure of the backgrounds, previous work and investigations into certain appointees to the new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, after my breaking the story earlier this week that the same Law Society of Scotland staff who have betrayed so many members of the public in complaints against rouge & crooked lawyers are to be migrated to the new 'independent' complaints body.

The Justice Directorate, in days reminding us of earlier times when Government was continually accused of stage managing appointments, covering up scandals, backgrounds and conflicts of interest so those with political affiliations could find their way to quango heaven, has embarked on the same path of cover up, in an attempt to thwart any proper investigation into the murky appointments scandal of members to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

In a letter released today, the Justice Directorate fails to apply any transparency or accountability to the continuing furore over the appointment of lawyers and ex Police Chiefs to the new 'independent' SLCC, choosing only to continue the cover up over what many are viewing as a fairly successful attempt by the Law Society of Scotland to take over the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission for its own purposes - that of continuing to protect lawyers from any possibility of independent regulation and a fair hearing for public complaints.

Justice Directorate - Lawyer who was panel solicitor for corrupt insurance scheme and ex cop who was lay member of Law Society committees have no conflict of interest. What ?

Justice Directorate 20 February 2008

You ask whether Mr [David] Smith's current firm, Shepherd and Wedderburn, are panel solicitors for Royal Sun Alliance as you consider this to be a conflict of interest. As you may be aware from their website Shepherd and Wedderburn are indeed panel solicitors. As with all holders of public office the Commissioners are required to act solely in terms of the public interest and display integrity, objectivity and honesty. I do not therefore anticipate any conflict of interest. Furthermore I understand that Mr Smith will be retiring from Shepherd and Wedderburn on 1 April.

You also express concern about the appointment of Douglas Watson. Mr Watson no longer sits as a lay member on the Law Society of Scotland's committees."

The Justice Directorate's reply admits Mr Smith's involvement with the Royal Sun Alliance after earlier revelations in this blog that David Smith is a panel solicitor for the Royal Sun Alliance, who are main insurers to the infamously corrupt Master Insurance Policy scheme operated by Marsh UK and the Law Society of Scotland to protect lawyers from negligence claims.

During the Parliamentary hearings on the Legal Profession & Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007, which created the 'independent' complaints body which Mr Smith, a lawyer, has been appointed to, the now Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, revealed evidence that systemic and endemic corruption existed in all aspects of the Master Insurance Policy, culminating in a very public confrontation with Law Society Chief Douglas Mill, who lied in evidence to the Justice 2 Committee and to Mr Swinney the Law Society did not interfere in negligence claims - when in fact the secret memos revealed by John Swinney showed a culture of intervention and interference to protect crooked lawyers and ensure their continued practicing while clients got nothing.

Law Society Boss Douglas Mill lies to John Swinney & Justice 2 Committee on evidence of endemic corruption by the Master Insurance Policy and a culture of denial of access to justice

You can read more about Cabinet Finance Chief John Swinney's confrontation with Law Society Chief Douglas Mill over corruption at the Master Insurance Policy here :

Law Society boss Mill lied to Swinney, Parliament as secret memos reveal policy of intervention & obstruction on claims, complaints.

The Justice Directorate, despite the fact of revelations that SLCC appointee Mr Smith is a member of the legal teams which support the Master Insurance Policy which Cabinet Finance Chief John Swinney exposed as being totally corrupt, claim in their letter that " As with all holders of public office the Commissioners are required to act solely in terms of the public interest and display integrity, objectivity and honesty. I do not therefore anticipate any conflict of interest."

Does anyone believe that ?

A lawyer who spends a career being part of the Master Policy Insurance team which Law Society Chief Douglas Mill's memos reveal is totally corrupt, can change his ways and act solely in the public interest ?

Is it possible ? I don't think so. Not after having learned first hand of what happens to clients at the hands of the lawyers who represent the Master Insurance Policy and the insurers ... everything from your health records, bank records, title deeds, employment, the lot, all used to effectively wipe out someone who dares make a claim to the Master Insurance Policy against a negligent lawyer.

You can read some of my earlier coverage of the Master Insurance Policy and how it has been used as a weapon against the public and clients of solicitors here :

Lawyers negligence insurance branded corrupt, anti-consumer as evidence reveals only one per cent of clients get chance of payout

Law Society intervention in claims 'commonplace' as ex Chief admits Master Policy protects solicitors against clients

Lawyers complaints system thought to have caused intimidation of clients for years

There must now be a full investigation of Mr Smith's work as a solicitor involved with the Master Policy insurers, which legal firms he and his own firm defended against negligence claims, what happened to those cases & claims, and the client's access to justice and full public disclosure of all the facts to see that old habits and conflicts of interest wont be transferred to the new 'independent' SLCC - disclosure which must be in the public interest.

The other disputed appointee to the 'independent' SLCC, ex Policeman Douglas Watson - who suffered a series of internal investigations into personal conduct and other issues, reported in an earlier story I covered here : Call for MacAskill appointments 'sleaze investigation' as revelations show Legal Complaints Commission member was subject of Police inquiry

Douglas Watson also gets the same whitewashing treatment from the blundering Justice Directorate in today's release with the following; "You also express concern about the appointment of Douglas Watson. Mr Watson no longer sits as a lay member on the Law Society of Scotland's committees."

Simply because Mr Watson "no longer sits as a lay member on the Law Society of Scotland's committees" is not a good enough reason prevent any investigation of his appointment.

When did Mr Watson resign anyway ? This seems to be new information. Did it come as a result of him recognising there may be a conflict of interest or was it because of public exposure of his previous position ?

Indeed, the fact remains that both Douglas Watson and David Smith will inevitably face issues involving legal firms and lawyers who have been before the Law Society committees during their respective terms in Mr Watson's case as a 'lay member' of a complaints committee and in Mr Smith's case as a panel solicitor for the insidious Master Insurance Policy.

What particular aspect of being a lay member of a Law Society complaints committee qualifies Mr Watson to be migrated into what was supposed to be the new 'independent' complaints body to resolve the problematic, corrupt self regulation of the legal profession carried out by the Law Society of Scotland.

Along with the 34 members of staff who have helped countless crooked lawyers escape any punishment over serious client complaints such as embezzlement, theft of property, theft of deceased client's wills and even re-writing them, negligence to the nth degree, altering case evidence and faking up clients files, falsifying clients accounts and accounts for work, to name but a few of the habits of the legal profession, what qualifies ex Law Society committee members for transfer to a body created to be a 'break from the past' ?

There should now also be a full disclosure and investigation of all Mr Watson's work as a lay member of the Law Society complaints committees, and also full disclosure of all the internal investigations by Lothian & Borders Police into Mr Watson's conduct, in investigations reported in the media, which seem also to have escaped the appointments process.

You can read more about Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill's favoured SLCC appointee ex-Police Chief Douglas Watson from the Scotsman newspaper here :

Inquiry into police chief who promoted his lover

By Stephen Rafferty

A POLICE chief has been accused of jeopardising a £1 million-plus project by having an affair with a female officer he promoted.

Chief Superintendent Douglas Watson is facing an internal inquiry after he walked out on his wife to be with an officer he hand-picked for a specialist squad.

Allison Strachan was personally selected by Watson to be part of a 22-strong team which is carrying out a complete review of the way Lothian and Borders force operates.

Strachan, who had twice failed to win promotion, was plucked from an administration job at police headquarters and promoted to Inspector but senior officers are angry after it was revealed Watson has been having an affair with her.

The affair has been the talk of the force since Watson left his second wife Anne and Strachan left her police constable partner, John Donoghue.

Watson, the former head of CID, was picked by Chief Constable Paddy Tomkins to head up the Capital Project, which will completely change the way Edinburgh is policed and create a single 1,000-officer super-division.

The cost of the project is put at over £1 million, including wages, computers, travel and cars and Watson was expected to be appointed commander of the new division but senior sources say an inquiry into his behaviour is now inevitable.

Chief Supt Watson left his first wife 11 years ago when he began an affair with his current wife Anne, who was then a 19-year-old secretary at police headquarters.

A Lothian and Borders police spokesman refused to comment

Anyway, this is an interesting turn of events, as earlier this week, the Justice Directorate had continued to refuse any explanations over the SLCC appointments scandal, insisting somewhat unbelievably, that ex police and lawyers constituted an 'impartial' appointments process to a body which was to consider complaints against lawyers.

Just how bad things are with the Government's blunders surrounding the SLCC was indicated to me this morning when a source connected with events commented that no one could really trust the disciplinary records of any of these people, even those appointed to the Commission themselves, as they were the work of the Law Society staff who are well known to falsify complaints files and disciplinary issues to protect lawyers.

He said : "Would you trust any of these papers from the Law Society after your own experience ?". I, would certainly not - particularly after what happened in the Andrew Penman investigation, where the entire senior staff of the Law Society decided to fiddle my complaint against well known crooked Borders lawyer Andrew Penman of Stormonth Darling Solicitors, Kelso - which you can read about here :

My source then went on to comment that details on appointments he had seen "could not be independently verified in any way whatsoever as the Government were having to solely rely on the Law Society to provide these papers due to the old system of self regulation of the legal profession, the lack of accountability to FOI and very poor oversight powers of the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman"

So, the new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission will be anything but independent.

It will be staffed mostly by Law Society staff who have had orders for the past twenty years to get lawyers off the hook at any costs, and the Commission itself is full of lawyer and ex Police appointees, some of whom even sat on Law Society committees themselves.

This sounds like a bad deal for Scots, a bad deal for justice, a bad deal for independence, accountability, transparency and honest, all being presided over by bad management of the Justice Secretary Mr MacAskill who is of course a lawyer and has indicated many times he favours the legal profession's priorities over that of the public interest.

43 comments:

? said...

Yet another good story Peter and one deffo not in the papers again.Wouldn't mind seeing those Police reports into Watson myself for a dig or two.

FYI the story on the investigation into Watson isn't accessible on the Scotsman website so if I mention that fact, one of the hootsmon pillocks with their black helicopters will come along and put it back up for you.

Funny that,any story connected with the Law Society seems to get mucked about in site reorganisations these days !

previous pumpkins from the paddyfield need not apply said...

remarkable analysis of the situation mr cherbi.were you ever a spook ?

get that stuff on watson and spread it around please

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have them on the run Pete.SNP have made a real mess of this one thats for sure.

Next stop new Justice Minister I hope.

Peter Cherbi said...

# ? @ 5.00pm

Yes, I wonder what could be in them ...

I tried the Scotsman story on Douglas Watson and notice its offline. I presume they will get it fixed ...

# "previous pumpkins from the paddy ..." @ 5.22pm

No spooks here but I would have thought the Justice Department would be handing out all those documents on Mr Watson and the other appointees - after all, they were supposedly all disclosed, and these people will be working for the taxpayer who surely has a right to know ...

# Anonymous @ 5.40pm

There's much more to the story, but lets see what comes out next before letting some more info leak.

Always best to let them deny some more then reveal some more that invalidates their stance ...

http://sacl.info said...

clearly there will be no fair hearing for any complaints against bent lawyers at this SLCC organisation

maybe SACL or you would have done a better job and just lynched the lying leech scum lawyers instead

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff.

Remember its not only clients who may feel aggrieved at this.Some lawyers have had their careers ruined by those useless idiots at the Law Society too.I don't see why the flotsam of the profession should be able to jump ship to a publicly funded body after doing both of us a disservice.

Anonymous said...

Clearly the Press have long since been 'gagged' - Editors won't publish anything without first obtaining the 'approval' of in-house lawyers - and it would be naive of anyone to believe for a moment that these blatant and self serving appointments are unknown to both the Judicial and Polital communities.

Anonymous said...

I hear John Swinney respects you quite a lot Peter.I can see why after reading your work.

Good thing you have him on your side and for what it's worth I think you will win the day on this.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Clearly the law is an ass in Scotland and the lawyers are even bigger asses.
Why don't you have a revolution or something against them and take back your country ?
Its not like you jocks haven't tried before !

Anonymous said...

yep confirmed the hootsmon story on Douglas Watson is down

The error reported is "There was an error loading the sponsor logo."

haha ! is the sponsor the Law Society and how much was the bung ?

So it will be back up again now we are commenting on it ?!

Isnt this the cop who was resposible for the Jodi Jones murder investigation ?

Peter Cherbi said...

# http://sacl.info @ 6.08pm

No, I think we all just want transparent accountable independent regulation of the legal profession, coupled with high standards of service and an opened legal services market !

# Anonymous @ 6.37pm

If you have anything to report on the workings of the Law Society staff, please email me.

#Anonymous @ 6.50pm

I completely agree with you, and I would add I have had contact with journalists who have written stories regarding scandals within the legal profession, only to have them filed without publication after warnings from newspapers own legal teams and the "expected" call from the Law Society as the story was being written warning that careers can be lost and mortgages called in by friendly banks ...

Thankfully there was not much of that when the likes of the Scotsman excellently covered my battle with the Law Society in the 1990s.

It's a pity the newspapers don't take the public interest stand instead, choosing the 'orders from the legal profession' stand ... I'd hardly call it good journalism ... but at least we have the internet these days ...

#Anonymous @ 6.55pm

As I've said before, Mr Swinney is probably Scotland's best asset in Government today. A man who thinks before talking and who can arrange consensus on issues in all parties interests, rather than some who prefer the selfish, more crooked route to supporting colleagues in the legal profession ...

Anonymous said...

I guess no one likes a crook and there are plenty of them in Scotland.
That SACL site is fantastic.We need more of those and don't forget all the minions who arre a part of it too.
keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

so this is what it takes to get appointed to a quango under the SNP !

still shouting about "it's time" or what ?
what a joke ! more like more of the same !!

Scotland sucks under SNP rule said...

Shock, horror, quelle surprise!

Bent and crooked ex-cop appointed by a bent and crooked "Justice" Secretary to protect bent and crooked lawyers.

Welcome to Scotland under SNP rule folks ... where they well and truly shaft (even kill) their own folk ... apart from Nazi Party members / supporters and their establishment chums of course.

Thank God i don't live in your corrupt little Banana Republic of northern europe. A shitty little place run by a shitty little party and their shitty little lawyer friends ... who shit all over their own people ... with this crook MacAskill the biggest shit of them all.

What a "democracy" you guys have there. I bet you are all glad you voted the lawyer-loving Scottish Nazi Party into power.

Or as another onlooker put it in the previous article :

Anonymous said...

Scotland sure is a shitty place with all these crooked attorneys.Its a wonder you get anything done and you want independence?!Are you going to make your attorneys the new heads of state?!

What happened to Braveheart and all that shit?Was it lost to the lawyers with your Scottish McNazi Party?

Glad I live in the good ol USofA :) We don't have a tenth of the shit you guys are into!

10:04 PM

http://petercherbi.blogspot.com/2008/02/law-society-staff-secretly-migrating.html#c5391415589969451403

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyones said their piece so I'll say mine.
The SNP look idiots for making those appointments.Who dreamed up a judges husband and ex cops to stuff a lawyers complaints quango with?
Does anyone actually control this Macaskill chap at all or does he just do as he pleases?
First Minister too afraid to reign him in a bit from overdosing on dodgy lawyers?

Anonymous said...

These people are getting £300 a day for their work

£300 A DAY FOR PUTTING IN AN APPEARANCE TO SAVE A CROOKED LAWYER !!! AND WE ARE GOING TO BE PAYING THEM !!!

IS THAT FUCKING DAYLIGHT ROBBERY OR WHAT ?

HOW MANY BRIBES WERE GIVEN BY THE LAWYERS TO GET THIS LOT ONTO THIS SLCC ??

Anonymous said...

bit of a change of mind by the Justice Dept from that other letter

anyway i agree there should be full disclosure of all their applications, interviews and what that cop and lawyer all got up to while they were working.

how long was that douglas watson on law society committees anyway ? was he still in the police when they set him up on a nice little earner to look at complaints too ? did he meet any lawyers who would have been defending any people he put away ? I think there would be a lot of potential for conflict of interest there !

Peter Cherbi said...

#Anonymous @ 8.02pm

Yes I agree, SACL have done a lot of work against crooked lawyers in Scotland and their website is a must see reference for anyone who deals with lawyers - because it could happen to you too.

If you are using a lawyer, stop and think about how you are being treated by your lawyer and what you are paying for the service before you go on ...

#Anonymous @ 8.12pm

There is more to come on this story ... let's see how the Government answer a few points now on what was and what wasn't disclosed during the interviews ...

# "Scotland sucks under SNP rule" @ 12.50am

A new Justice Secretary could resolve the problems the legal system is facing - and a new attitude of putting Scots first before lawyers.

People before lawyers ? I think that has to be a vote winner !

#Anonymous @ 12.59pm

Jane Irvine, the new Chairman of the SLCC confirmed they were "Ministerial Appointments" and she had no knowledge of the background of some of those heading for the SLCC ... so you can lay the blame at Kenny MacAskill's door on the appointments issue.

On your other point, someone within the SNP has told be quite a bit about how Kenny MacAskill got the Justice Portfolio and your opinion on a 'lack of control' may well be valid. However, its too good for a blog - the newspapers will have to break it then I will cover it later.

#Anonymous @ 2.27pm

It may well be more, and while the original appointment stipulated only 3 or 4 days work a month, a source at the Justice Directorate indicates to me it will be more like 7 to 10 days even - so you can see why these people are smiling with their nice little earner ...

#Anonymous @ 5.46pm

Valid points indeed, but we will never find out the truth of what Mr Watson did at the Law Society because the Law Society are adept at falsifying records and files - I've seen it in a few investigations, and the lay members just sit there like bricks waving the complaints through on the orders of the lawyer committee complement ...

I would imagine the answer to most of your points would be "Yes".

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this.I wish to contact you quickly as I have information on Watson.I called the Scotsman sometime ago about a complaint I made against my lawyer who was let off the hook as badly as your Mr Penman in Kelso.The reporter found out Watson was a member of the complaints committee that whitewashed the complaint even though the Law Society told me he was going to be prosecuted.The lawyer I complained against has a lot of friends especially in the Police.Same reporter called me up yesterday and said I should call or get in touch with you.

Anonymous said...

MacAskill will never even be a tenth of the man John Swinney is.Stick to your guns Peter and win this against these crooked bastards.

Anonymous said...

Must be fucking bad when newspaper reports cant print stories these days

I hope Cherbi gets that info on Watson and spreads it all over !

Anonymous said...

someone said this had all been planned from the start and i agree with that

crooked lawyers will never let anyone get near complaints so we need to do something more about it

Anonymous said...

Many of these people who are to go to the SLCC have murky pasts that wont be made public.

Make it all public

Anonymous said...

Whata guy !Read your blog from start to finish and just fantastic.Keep helping people and keep writing about those damn hoods.All they cause in society is misery and we could do without them

If you ever get a chance come to the US for a break.We have the same problem here sometimes and I guess you could do us some good too.

Peter Cherbi said...

#Anonymous @ 9.53am

Yes I'd like to see the details of your case please. If you could contact me via the information in my profile and send me the material, I will get back to you.

Incidentally I have received a few enquiries from people in a similar situation and I understand none of it disclosed during the SLCC appointments interviews.

#Anonymous @ 12.41pm

Yes, I'd agree with that.

#Anonymous @ 6.15pm

It seems so. As I compile a list of staff who seem to be migrating to the SLCC there are some among them who have done a lot of damage to client complaints against crooked lawyers. I take it this was why the Law Society insisted they be transferred to the new SLCC.

Incidentally, the Press Spokesman for the Scottish Government said it was the previous Scottish Executive who made the decision to apply TUPE to the transfer of Law Society staff ... and Kenny MacAskill is sticking with it - he believes the Law Society staff including those who have purposely destroyed complaints investigations into negligent & embezzling lawyers should go to the new public 'independent' complaints body .. how odd ...

#Anonymous @ 3.14am

That sounds like a big task - I prefer to sort out our problems here in Scotland thanks - or maybe you could send us some legal firms to represent those whom the Scottish legal profession denies access to justice.

Anonymous said...

I know a journalist who works at ' a newspaper '

He met a member of the public who was and still is being fleeced by his lawyer and was about to write the story when he got a telephone from your arch enemy at the Law Society who went on to say "if you value your family's continued well being you should pull out of the story now"

Now I've said it, that reporter will know exactly who I am and where he stands.I urge him to come forward now and write the story even if his shitty newspaper is bunged up to the neck with lawyers these days.

Anonymous said...

hmmm interesting

So it was the Labour & Libdems who applied the tupe to the slcc but the SNP are just going along with it.Kind of odd wouldn't you say?
Usually the nats blame the other lot for everything under the sun but here they are blindly following wee jokes mob and glorifying lawyers again.
Is there anyone in the Parliament we can really trust to do something on the crooked lawyers front or like Trish Godman do they all have to rely on lawyers to get their property purchases done unseen? Funny how that one came out too wouldn't you say?

Peter Cherbi said...

#Anonymous @ 6.33pm

I have heard of a similar story from a journalist I have known for a long time but assuming this is another, please contact me with that information.

#Anonymous @ 7.12pm

Yes, the previous Scottish Executive applied the TUPE rules to the staffing requirements of the new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission - according to the current Scottish Government.

I don't think the SNP should blindly follow the course set in TUPE but as Kenny MacAskill seems to have left the public interest behind in favour of his legal colleagues, they will be doing just that.

I'm beginning to see the new SLCC, with its complement of staff from the Law Society who will always put professional relationships and loyalties before the public interest (as they have always done while serving the Law Society) will do no good for regulation of the legal profession.

The only way ahead is to have an independent legal services board along the lines of the Which? proposals and a separate body formed to reopen and properly review cases of injustice of the past caused by the legal profession itself.

Anonymous said...

christ it must be worth Salmond getting involved in this to bang a few heads together and sort it all out

Anonymous said...

complaints against lawyers is a dead duck unless someone takes it on who isnt connected with lawyers

how about you doing it ? bet we'd see some results then !

no limits said...

I for one do not agree with having Peter Cherbi on some complaints body against lawyers.

I have learned more on this blog about how a client should treat a lawyer and be wary of them than anywhere else.You would never hear this kind of stuff from your lawyer and it would all be swept under the carpet if Cherbi and friends didn't publish it.I wouldn't want him to be constrained by some organisation which would limit his writing so stick to your own Peter you do a fine job and hope your own cases get the fixing treatment someday !

Anonymous said...

lawyers = leech scum so what do you expect

ever seen a poor lawyer ? but i know people who lost everything at the hands of one so no sympathy for lawyers eh !

Peter Cherbi said...

# No Limits @ 7.47pm

I completely agree with you.

I was urged to put in an application to the SLCC but as I saw how it was forming and received regular reports from sources at the Justice Department, I am thankful I am not on it.

Having to work with people who have spent their lives getting crooked lawyers off the hook and even helping to cover up a few criminal acts along the way, is not my idea of giving the public a safe system of independent regulation of the legal services market.

If you want my opinion, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission as it is presently going to be staffed, is unable to give the public safety when they deal with solicitors - not while it will be in the hands of the same Law Society staff who have done so much damage over the years to clients of crooked lawyers all across Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Mark Strachan QC :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6683807.stm

I know its off topic but any comment on that ? Looks like there's more to the story than what happened in the outcome.

Anonymous said...

If the public knew half of the stuff happening on the SLCC just now it would have to be scrapped and started again.

Typical interference from your pals at the law society

Anonymous said...

Read your comments in the Scotsman - Clancy won't be pleased ! Good !

Peter Cherbi said...

#Anonymous @ 4.34pm

Yes, so I hear. Any other comment, you better ask the man himself ... or find a willing gossip from the legal profession - there are many !

#Anonymous @ 6.16pm

I would never describe the Law Society as my pals !, but I agree with your comment.

#Anonymous @ 7.33pm

I'm not against the principle of what was being discussed regarding the legislation - what I am against is the Law Society being allowed to dictate policy or meddle in it when that should be the venue of an elected Government, and lawyers stirring up a fight between Scotland & England on a non-story.

I know the reasons why the story was run but overall it does nothing for good reporting ...

Anonymous said...

Interesting about Clancy.He seems to be right up MacAskill's arse just now making sure he gets his way!

What else have you got on these crooks? Tell more please!

Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to see the Law Society is used to controlling politicians.We need to get rid of them if as it seems that is the case.

Anonymous said...

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Anger-as-watchdog-sacks-570.3833279.jp

Are the SEPA staff getting the sack so Watson and the lawyers get their salaries ?

Looks like it

Anonymous said...

you are so right. I have never read the truth as you have told it and this has started to free me in as way you have no idea. they always put me down and denied me justice and love not to mention an environment that wasn't hostile. I cannot appreciate their god for their god has only used me. i believe you should be in control of the new society and not them. It seems to me that we need person who can see through matters and get to the bottom. we need somoene who can give truth to people even in loaded situations. thank you for your honesty.

Anonymous said...

I know my father's will must have left me everything and this is the truth behind the conflict. that my mother bequeathed it all to me and I never saw my fathers will but this is the conflict not me.when it gets down to it it has less to do with me personally and more to do witht eh lies they have told and the papers they have forged. How can a person forged anything that they are truly entitled too? they have used their power to mislead me especially in the nj courts where I was supposed to talk to a judge and had my court case heard but they directed the phones and mislead me. they are going to have to face the truth

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 3.54

Thanks for the vote of confidence but I doubt I could ever be in such a position.

The way things work, at least in Scotland is that when you have a profession which regulates itself, that profession will do anything to anyone to ensure its own survival, there will always be a person appointed to such organisations who can be or is already "compromised on the quiet" (a term used by a friend of mine in the current Government).

I think there could be merit in appointing a jury style system to this new organisation, where ordinary people are called up to hear cases, much more ordinary than those 'lay members' who are actually lay members of many other organisations and committees, making a fair penny for themselves along the way ...

# Anonymous @ 3.58pm

Publicise your case as much as you can, whether that be on the internet or in the newspapers. You should never give up fighting for what is right.