Friday, May 22, 2009

'Self regulation' system which destroyed Westminster reputation must now end for all professions, industry & public services

Westminster ParliamentWestminster Parliament used self regulation for decades to protect members unacceptable conduct on expenses. SELF REGULATION, the infamous liars charter which many professions and public services use to protect themselves against complaints from the general public, and even the law itself, is to end at Westminster, according to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the end of self regulation at Westminster after politicians from all parties were caught looting taxpayers money for personal expenses.

Conservative leader David Cameron also speaks about the end of self regulation at Westminster.

Yes, self regulation must now be ended in the UK political system, as it had utterly destroyed the public's faith & trust in the Westminster Parliament.

However, self regulation as we all know is a popular facility which many professions & industries and public services within the UK also use to protect themselves against public complaints of bad conduct, poor service, lack of honesty, theft & embezzlement of client & public funds, and in the case of Doctors, even negligent medical decisions which lead to the deaths of patients.

A roll call of self regulation and how it has affected all our lives :

Sir_Fred_GoodwinSelf regulation of bankers ensured lack of independent scrutiny of Sir Fred Goodwin's actions at Royal Bank of Scotland. Self regulation of the Banking & Finance sector has cost the UK dearly, and virtually brought public finances to the brink of bankruptcy, as bankers such as Sir Fred Goodwin's over zealous takeovers while in charge of the Royal Bank of Scotland have plunged the UK Banking sector into collapse and worldwide disrepute.

GMC LOGODoctors are self regulated by the General Medial Council, where complaints get less than a fair hearing according to many patients. If you have ever tried to complain against a Doctor, or medical facility such as a hospital, you will find that self regulation plays an extensive part in ensuring patients complaints are kept within the medical profession, and never really achieve a fair hearing. For instance, many medical decisions which could be called negligent, resulting in the deaths of patients, for example, either through lack of treatment or administering of the wrong medicine, are also covered up by self regulation.

Just look how self regulation of the UK medical profession has protected those who allowed the use of contaminated blood products which infected many haemophiliacs with Hepatitis C and even HIV infections, killing many and leaving thousands suffering from incurable diseases. I have reported on those matters here : Scottish blood infections inquiry will be 'another whitewash' as documents expected to be withheld to cover up public liability

David Mcletchie taxiFormer Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie lied over taxi expenses & journeys. Scottish Parliament has its own share of expenses scandals and self regulation has seen that no MSPs get prosecuted. Our dearly beloved Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, which some have been holding up as a model of expenses reform against the recent scandals at Westminster, has also had its fair share of expenses fiddling, with MSPs milking their expenses accounts to pay off mortgages, non existent travel, and even taxi fares.

No prosecutions or de-selections of MSPs have ever taken place at Holyrood despite all the expenses fiddling there, because of course, self regulation has allowed the Parliament to keep decisions on punishment and standards to itself. You can read some of my earlier articles on expenses scandals in Scottish politics, here: Scottish Parliament expenses scandals

SLCC membersScottish Legal Complaints Commission was an attempt at independent regulation but was 'taken over’ by legal profession before it even existed. Despite attempts to create an independent regulator of the legal profession in Scotland by the previous Scottish Executive, the current Scottish Government stood by and allowed the legal profession to take over the 'independent' Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, ensuring once again, that 'virtual self regulation', as some at the Law Society of Scotland now call the SLCC remains the order of the day for complaints against solicitors in Scotland, and that even today, complaints by the public against crooked lawyers do not get a fair hearing, because too many lawyers and Law Society members were parachuted into the 'independent' SLCC via deals between the Law Society and the Scottish Government

ICAS LOGO 2Scottish accountants have used self regulation to hide corruption complaints against members. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) is one of a number of organisations which self regulate its members, however the style of self regulation at ICAS has led to the cover up of some of the worst conduct of accountants in the UK, where fraud, embezzlement of client funds, even criminal activity by members, and many other types of complaints have been swept under the carpet of self regulation by the body which prides itself in having extensive political connections throughout the UK, including even members of the Privy Council which ICAS have used to prevent changes to independent regulation of accountants from taking place.

An example of how accountants self regulation affected my own family (in complaints which are common to many ICAS investigate) :

Norman Howitt Accountant JRW Group Hawick Scottish BordersNorman Howitt, Borders Accountant with JRW Group was protected by self regulation of accountants. Norman Howitt, a Borders Accountant ruined my family's life, and got away with it because of self regulation at ICAS which even covered up the fact he gave false statements to Lothian & Borders Police to cover up his embezzlement of money into his accounting firm's accounts, from the sale of my late father's assets.

You can read more about what Norman Howitt and several lawyers in the Scottish Borders did to my family in the name of greed and taking money for themselves, here : A picture is worth a thousand words - Images of fraud reveal corruption & deceit by lawyers & accountants in the Scottish Borders

Scotsman coverage of some of the stories relating to Andrew PenmanScotsman newspaper led a campaign in the 90’s to end self regulation of Scots lawyers. The Scotsman newspaper reported on many occasions, the corruption of self regulation at the Law Society of Scotland which protected complaints against crooked Borders lawyer Andrew Penman of Stormonth Darling Solicitors, Kelso. No effort was spared by the Law Society of Scotland’s most senior officials to corrupt the investigation and derail any prosecution against Penman who also deceived the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Inland Revenue.

Philip YellandPhilip Yelland, Law Society’s self regulation chief ordered solicitors to ignore clients instructions in cases against crooked lawyers. You can read more about the way self regulation of the legal profession was used by the Law Society of Scotland to protect crooked lawyers in my own case, here : The Scotsman reports : Andrew Penman, self regulation and the Law Society of Scotland and you can read about some of the lengths individuals at the Law Society of Scotland were prepared to go to defeat complaints against the legal profession as a whole, here : Law Society intervention in claims 'commonplace' as ex Chief admits Master Policy protects solicitors against clients

What we as the public have had to endure for far too long in Scotland, England & Wales, is a Crooked Curtain of self regulation that has been held firmly in place by the professions, many UK industries, public services, politics and Government (local & national), simply to protect those same professions, industries, public services and politicians from public accountability and transparency, which can only be achieved through fully independent regulation.

As we can see from the above examples, it is time to end self regulation for anyone & all public services, industry and professions in the UK, now.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spot on Peter.Self regulation is a license for corruption and if they can end it for Westminster they have to end it for rogues like lawyers and the bankers.

btw great blog.am off for a read of your other stuff and that bent accountant now.

good luck with all your campaigns !

Scotland has as many snouts in the trough as Westminster said...

Yep I cant argue with that! and where does this leave Salmond & Holyrood now ?

Are they going to continue self regulation in Scotland or get rid of it too ? (personally I bet they keep it to keep their snouts firmly in the trough !)

Anonymous said...

completely agree with you Peter

Anonymous said...

Good posting and I see all the usual suspects are in it to remind us of how dirty things are with lawyers etc

Anonymous said...

All very well but I think David Cameron is already backtracking from what I see on BBC news.

If you watch this :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHD2tV9_ohI and then read the following I think you will come to the conclusion as I did that self regulation is just too addictive to put down.

In Steen's case we can do without those sort in Parliament. Condescending wasters that should be kicked out not 'warned'.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8062786.stm

Cameron warns 'jealousy' MP Steen

David Cameron says he has warned Conservative MP Anthony Steen he will be expelled from the Parliamentary party if he steps out of line again.

Mr Steen has apologised for an interview in which he said critics of his expenses claims were simply "jealous" of his country house.

Tory leader Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4 it was "an appalling thing to say".

He said the Totnes MP - who has said he is standing down at the next election - was on a final warning.

"I gave him a very clear instruction after that interview - one more squeak like that and he will have the whip taken away from him so fast his feet won't touch the ground," Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"It was a completely unacceptable interview. It was a completely unacceptable thing to say. He's announced his retirement from Parliament."

Anonymous said...

Doctors are self regulated by the General Medial Council, where complaints get less than a fair hearing according to many patients. If you have ever tried to complain against a Doctor, or medical facility such as a hospital, you will find that self regulation plays an extensive part in ensuring patients complaints are kept within the medical profession, and never really achieve a fair hearing. For instance, many medical decisions which could be called negligent, resulting in the deaths of patients, for example, either through lack of treatment or administering of the wrong medicine, are also covered up by self regulation.

HOW TRUE, A SOUTH LANARKSHIRE GP WHO WAS CAUGHT LYING IN A PATIENTS MEDICAL RECORDS WAS PROTECTED BY PRIMARY CARE. PATIENTS HAVE NO RIGHTS, NO ONE TO LOOK AFTER THEIR INTERESTS.

DOCTORS HAVE,

THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL.

THE MEDICAL DEFENCE UNIONS. THESE ARE CRIMINAL ORGANISATIONS COMPOSED OF LAWYERS AND DOCTORS WHO'S ROLE IS TO COVER WHAT CROOKED DOCTORS DO TO PATIENTS.

A CORRUPT NHS COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. HOW MANY NHS COMPLAINTS MANAGERS ARE CLINICIANS? THESE MANAGERS NEVER TAKE ACTION AGAINST MEDICS AS ANYONE WHO HAS COMPLAINED ABOUT THIS PROFESSION WILL KNOW. CRIMINALS ALL OF THEM.

PRIMARY CARE CARE ABOUT THEIR GP'S, AND THEY LEAVE CORRUPT GP'S DEALING WITH PATIENTS, AS THE DOCTOR'S REPUTATION MUST NOT BE DAMAGED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Anonymous said...

Just look how self regulation of the UK medical profession has protected those who allowed the use of contaminated blood products which infected many haemophiliacs with Hepatitis C and even HIV infections, killing many and leaving thousands suffering from incurable diseases.

YES PETER COVERUP'S ARE THE NORM FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABOVE THE LAW.

Anonymous said...

I've just finished watching the 2 video clips.

1.I do not believe MPs can reform themselves no matter who says what.

2.Lawyers Doctors Accountants and every other profession will never reform themselves unless it is forced upon them but that has to be done by means of Parliament and it so happens the same lawyers Doctors Accountants and the rest dominate Parliament too.

What we really need is a fresh start Peter and if someone has any sense they will drag you kicking and screaming (if need be) into Parliament along with Joanna Lumley and Martin Bell.

Good luck and keep up the good work !

Anonymous said...

I agree that self regulation is only in the interests of crooks.I also put a complaint in to the Law Society years ago and got nowhere.All they did was tell me there was no evidence to do anything yet I provided every single document to show my solicitor had overcharged us,taken money under false pretences and lied the whole time he said he was working on our case when he did nothing.

Law Society = crooked scum

Anonymous said...

What we really need is a fresh start Peter and if someone has any sense they will drag you kicking and screaming (if need be) into Parliament along with Joanna Lumley and Martin Bell.

WELL SAID MY FRIEND.

Anonymous said...

SELF REGULATE = SELF PROTECTION, A CRIMINAL STATE OF AFFAIRS.

Anonymous said...

Norman Howitt, Borders Accountant with JRW Group was protected by self regulation of accountants.
THIS GUY IS ANOTHER ONE OF SOCIETIES LEGALISED CRIMINALS. YOU ARE RIGHT PETER TO EXPOSE THIS CROOK, AND THE LAWYER ALSO. CROOKS ALL OF THEM.

Anonymous said...

An excellent post Mr Cherbi.

Fred Goodwin,the GMC,Law Society,Accountants, they should all have self regulation taken away from them immediately.

Anonymous said...

THE LAW SOCIETY/SLCC, ARE CRIMINALS WHO WILL RESIST INDEPENDENT REGULATION AT ALL COSTS. THEY ARE IN A WEAKER POSITION TODAY, ESPECIALLY WITH THE REVELATIONS AT WESTMINSTER.

SELF REGULATION ENCOURAGES CORRUPTION, THAT IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH RESISTANCE TO CHANGE. MP'S AND THE PROFESSIONS HAVE MUCH TO LOSE. BUT LOSE THEY WILL.

Anonymous said...

nice touch with the videos

you can now say you told them so and they only admitted it when they were found out !

good work !

Anonymous said...

Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the end of self regulation at Westminster after politicians from all parties were caught looting taxpayers money for personal expenses.
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Mr Brown, Lawyers are doing the same with client's funds. What are you going to do about that. Stop the Law Society/SLCC investigating complaints from the public now. Actions speak louder than works, so ACT NOW PLEASE.

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 2.23pm

I agree .. and hope you enjoy a good read of other articles on my blog.

Spread the word if you would, please ...

# "Scotland has as many .." @ 2.38pm

I suspect they will wait it out and retain self regulation over parts of public life & industry they wish to retain control over.

Its our job to highlight those inconsistencies ...

# Anonymous @ 3.29pm

Thanks for your comment.

I heard that interview on the news yesterday.

The MP should be sacked as his attitude and his actions are not befitting of someone put in public office by the electorate.

# Anonymous @ 3.46pm

Yes, self regulation of the medical profession must end.

I have been through the mill myself with the medical profession over the death of my mother through a lack of care at a Borders Hospital.

The NHS trust management lied the whole way through the complaint.

# Anonymous @ 3.48pm

Yes, these people must be brought to book for their actions in the contaminated blood products scandal - no escape for the guilty, and no quarter given until justice has been delivered to the victims.

# Anonymous @ 4.15pm

I agree with your comments and I too doubt this Parliament, as discredited as it now is, can clean itself up in the eyes of the public, and completely eradicate self regulation from the halls of Westminster.

As for your comment about me & politics, I'm not really one for public office - I would find it too hard to sit back and say nothing when scandals such as tainted blood products, expenses milking and bare faced lying by politicians were going on around me.

However, I do remember watching Joanna Lumley in "The New Avengers" all those years ago .. anyway ... she would make a fine MP given her marvellous campaigning on behalf of the Ghurkas.

I hope Martin Bell heads back to Parliament too. He was good on "Question Time" last night.

# Anonymous @ 4.31pm

Thanks for your comment, and if you would like to send me some more details of your complaint to the Law Society of Scotland, please do ...

# Anonymous @ 5.19pm

I agree.

# Anonymous @ 5.29pm

Thanks. Mr Howitt, Mr Penman and their regulatory organisations (Law Society of Scotland & ICAS) tried to destroy my family life, for their own personal monetary gain.

I understand others have also fell victim to their misdeeds ... so its about time some proper investigations were held into what they did, and then brought to public account for their actions.

# Anonymous @ 7.03pm

I agree entirely with your comment.

We must spread the word and ensure the general public understand how Self Regulation promotes corruption and protects the guilty.

Thankfully, the expenses scandal at Westminster is throwing the spotlight onto the corrupt system of Self Regulation .. which I hope people are now taking note of.

# Anonymous @ 7.25pm

Indeed, yes ...

Anonymous said...

Fantastic reply Peter.

More than ever I am convinced you should be in politics after reading what you have been through.

Good luck and all the best.

Anonymous said...

Peter you said

"Yes, self regulation of the medical profession must end.

I have been through the mill myself with the medical profession over the death of my mother through a lack of care at a Borders Hospital.

The NHS trust management lied the whole way through the complaint".

Sorry about your mother Peter, I know how crooked they are and how your lawyer dealt with the medical profession. Criminals and chronic liars, that's what they are.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely spot on Mr Cherbi.

Self regulation is just a protection club for those who use it.We should boycott anyone who wants to keep self regulation and that includes all politicians,businesses and industries who use it.

Consign self regulation to the dustbin of history along with those who profited from it.

Anonymous said...

Good comparisons and I agree with you about being rid of self regulation.

Anonymous said...

adding the video to your posts does a good job of telling the whole story

excellent stuff keep it up mate !

Anonymous said...

Spot on, but as long as lawyers dominate parliament there will be no change.

Note Salmond's recent threat to resign along with the rest of his minority government if the Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in MacAskill - hardly a reasonable response to justified criticism.

Anonymous said...

Isnt it great to see the SAS did the business on the expenses at Parliament.
Lets send them in against the lawyers now!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8064868.stm

Anonymous said...

SELF REGULATION IS IN CONFLICT WITH HUMAN RIGHTS, AND NATURAL JUSTICE. DOCTOR'S LAWYER'S ACCOUNTANTS, POLITICIANS, PUBLIC BODIES CRUSH JUSTICE FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BY PROTECTING CRIMINALS WITHIN THEIR RANKS. EVERY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC IS AT RISK EVERY TIME THEY DEAL WITH THE ABOVE.
WHY SHOULD SOMEONE HAVE SUCH LEGAL PROTECTION BECAUSE THEY STUDY A COURSE AT UNIVERSITY.
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE NOT BEEN IN CONFLICT WITH ONE OF THESE PROFESSIONS, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS, THERE IS NOWHERE YOU CAN GO FOR SUPPORT. I HAVE BEEN TO,

COUNTLESS LAW FIRMS.

HAMILTON SHERIFF COURT.

THE LAW SOCIETY.

THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL.

LAWYERS PROTECT LAWYERS, DOCTORS PROTECT DOCTORS, ACCOUNTANTS PROTECT ACCOUNTANTS, THE WAY THE SS PROTECTED ADOLF HITLER. NO MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WILL EVER OBTAIN JUSTICE AS LONG AS SELF REGULATION REMAINS.
SELF REGLUATION SHOULD BE RENAMED SELF PROTECTION, THEY CAN BREAK THE LAW BECAUSE OUT LEGAL SYSTEM AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES WILL TURN A BLIND EYE. THEY HAVE TOTAL POWER OVER YOUR LIFE, A CRIMINAL SITUATION IN 2009.

Anonymous said...

I am all in favour of putting up pictures of all the lawyers,their houses, their duck houses,their cars, friends, the lot just to let everyone see how these bastards live off the rest of us.

Remember everyone its the lawyers who help banks repossess homes off people and toss them onto the street.

Lets be having all this out in the open because they are just as bad as the political rats at London and Edinburgh

Anonymous said...

How right you are Peter.

I would encourage everyone to go shame a crooked lawyer because most of these crooked politicians are crooked lawyers anyway!

Arise people and DO SOMETHING POSITIVE !

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 8.42pm

Thanks. Yes, the one consistent habit with the legal profession is corruption.No matter the case, no matter whether lives are at stake or that questions must be raised to prevent the same happening to others, lawyers always twist things their own way.


# Anonymous @ 8.57pm

We all must do our bit !

# Anonymous @ 10.13pm

Well, that just shows us what rubbish Government we have in Scotland.

Rubbish. Centred on monetary gain for themselves.Who is Alex going to drag out as the latest donors to the SNP and then dance to their tune for legislation (or lack of it).

Funnily enough I was speaking to an SNP insider (he's been a member for many years, knows Alex quite well) but this man told me the party feels like a dictatorship now, and with Ministers bullying and blackmailing to keep their portfolios, well .. it almost sounds a bit like something from 1930's Germany, as some comments occasional point out.

MacAskill is hardly worth resigning over, let alone even adding a stamp to an envelope to what has now become a rather twisted, racist, and foul mouthed Justice Department at the Scottish Government.

(If any members of it are reading, I especially liked the story about the laptop which was destroyed because one of the officials downloaded too much ****) - nice touch for transparency there ...

# Anonymous @ 11.55am

Yes, good bunch of lads, the SAS. Glad we have them ...

# Anonymous @ 1.12pm

Thanks for your comment, and yes, I agree with your every word !

# Anonymous @ 3.46pm

Yes, good ideas which I definitely support, and definitely in the public interest.

# Anonymous @ 9.14pm

I agree !

Anonymous said...

BBC NEWS

Conservative MP Andrew MacKay has announced he is to step down at the next general election.

It comes after the MP for Bracknell, Berkshire, had a conversation with the Conservative leader, David Cameron.

Mr MacKay had already resigned as Mr Cameron's aide because he and his wife, Julie Kirkbride, MP for Bromsgrove, both claimed second home allowances.

She is now having to defend herself against newspaper claims her brother lives rent-free in one of the homes.

In a statement, Mr MacKay said: "Following a conversation with David Cameron this morning I have decided to step down as candidate for Bracknell at the next general election.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FOI ACT APPLIES TO MP'S EXPENSES. LAW SOCIETY YOU ARE NEXT, GORDON BROWN DO YOU THINK A LAWYER SHOULD BE THE SCOTTISH JUSTICE MINISTER? WE DO NOT.

Anonymous said...

The MP's expenses scandal is screaming the following at the electorate.

SELF REGULATION MEANS FINANCIAL CORRUPTION FOR THE TAXPAYER.

THESE CRIMINALS ARE LINING THEIR OWN POCKETS AT OUR EXPENSE, SELF REGULATION ONLY BENEFITS THE REGULATORS. THEY MAKE ME SICK. THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED AND JAILED.

Anonymous said...

WARNING TO THE LEGAL SERVICES INDUSTRY. YOUR CORRUPTION IS CREATING AN ANTI LAWYER INDUSTRY WHICH WILL DESTROY LAWYERS, THOSE NAMED AND SHAMED WILL HAVE NO CLIENTS.
YOU ARE DESTROYING YOURSELVES DAY BY DAY. I HATE LAWYERS FOR ONE REASON IN PARTICULAR. YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS ON YOUR VICTIMS. YOU ARE AS THE SONG SAYS, BAD TO THE BONE.

Anonymous said...

THE HAMILTON ADVERTISER

Tory attack on Justice Minister

May 24 2009

Tories sought to step up the pressure on embattled Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

They tabled a list of seven measures they claim he must act on, including stricter criteria for sending prisoners to open jails. (WHAT ABOUT FOI ACT APPLYING TO THE CRIMINAL LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND)?

But there was no mention of a no-confidence motion as had been speculated on Thursday when both the Tories and Labour turned their fire on the Justice Secretary. (GET MACASKILL OUT, HE IS A LAWYER A BARRIER TO JUSTICE FOR ALL SCOTS).

Anonymous said...

THE SUNDAY MAIL

Legal aid rip-off probe lawyer keeps job. (RESPONDENTS COMMENTS IN BRACKETS).

Dec 7 2008 By Steve Dinneen

A LAWYER being probed over alleged legal aid fraud escaped being struck off despite ripping off a client.

Iain Robertson was able to continue practising because the incident was a "one-off". (MR O'DONNELL'S CASE WAS NOT A ONE OFF BUT HE DID NOT GET STRUCK OFF).

He has now been accused of fraud in a separate investigation.

The Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal found Robertson pocketed £21,308 from a woman client while getting legal aid cash for the work. (LEGALISED THEFT).

They fined him £5000 after finding him guilty of professional misconduct. (SSDT DO THIS PROFESSION NO GOOD AT ALL. A GREEN LIGHT TO KEEP BEING CROOKED).

But they decided not to strike him off, (NO SURPRISE THERE) ruling it "appeared to be a one-off" and concluding: "What happened was due to incompetence rather than anything more sinister." (WE BELIEVE YOU SSDT).

But Robertson has been reported to the procurator fiscal after a police probe into an alleged legal aid fraud worth up to £350,000.

The Sunday Mail revealed in April that the 55-year-old lawyer, a partner in Paisley firm Robertson and Ross, was being investigated.

Police reported him to the fiscal in April.

Robertson said: "We have co-operated fully and are confident the matter will be resolved in our favour." (OF COURSE THESE THINGS USUALLY ARE.
I THINK WE WILL AVOID THIS LAW FIRM PETER).

Anonymous said...

A lawyer in trouble always has a lawyer to represent them in court. Not so for lawyers victims who are barred from the courts.
This is why the monopoly of the legal profession must end. Criminals protected by criminals, with injustice for their victims.
Then the Law Society/SLCC/SSDT either cover everything up or slap the solicitor with a meagre fine, and let them keep working. SOME JUSTICE SYSTEM. NO WONDER THE PUBLIC THINK SOLICITORS ARE TRASH.

Anonymous said...

LAWYERS WOULD LEAVE AN INNOCENT PERSON IN JAIL FOR A CRIME A LAWYER COMMITTED. I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.
IT IS A FILTHY PROFESSION TO BE IN, CRIMINALS WITH FRIGHTENING POWER OVER THEIR CLIENTS. PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND TRUST THESE RATS AT YOUR PERIL, THEY ARE EVIL PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOVE THE LAW. WHEN I HEAR A LAWYER HAS DIED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES I SMILE, AND OPEN A BOTTLE OF MALT.

Anonymous said...

THANKS PETER FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK WITH YOUR SITE, YES SELF REGULATION MUST END AS YOUR ARTICLE BELOW DEMONSTRATES. MY COMMENTS IN BRACKETS.

Cabinet Secretary John Swinney exposed solicitors corrupt Master Policy at Holyrood (WELL DONE JOHN) .John Swinney not only took Douglas Mill (NOT NICE BEING EXPOSED AS A CROOK DOUGLAS, SHAME ON YOU) to task, he also revealed that others within the Law Society of Scotland, including Kenneth Pritchard, Mill's previous Boss, had also operated a Law Society scheme to protect 'crooked lawyers', (THERE SHOULD BE PROSECUTIONS HERE) even intervening in clients access to justice and demanding solicitors cease to represent those who were attempting to claim against the 'Master Policy'. (THIS IS WHY SELF REGULATION MUST END. THIS IS A SETUP FOR LEGALISED CRIMINALS ROBBING CLIENTS OF THEIR ASSETS. THESE PEOPLE NEED LOCKING UP, THEY ARE CRIMINALS THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE HAD THINGS THEIR OWN WAY TOO LONG).

(READERS PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW, THEY COULD BE THE LEGAL PROFESSION/LAW SOCIETIES/SLCC/SSDT NEXT VICTIM).

Anonymous said...

I dont believe self regulation will ever be ended for the likes of lawyers or accountants or doctors.There is just too many criminal within those professions to protect.

Another one you failed to mention is the Police.The biggest self regulators of them all and high time the Police were not allowed to self regulate.

Anonymous said...

I was talking to someone at the weekend who told me the only reason the insurers challenge against the Damages Scotland Act re Asbesxtos claims will fail "is because Peter Cherbi wrote about it and put up the video testimony of some of the solicitors representing the insurers".

Good work.You are to be congratulated for your energy of campaigning and public service.

Anonymous said...

Broon & Cameron will never end self regulation of anything - its just too much in their interests to keep it on.
As for all those idiots screaming for an election just now - if we get one all those crooks who claimed for cleaning their moats and towel rails will get away with it.
Dare I hope the people rise up and throw every single one of these buggers out ?

Anonymous said...

didnt realise the slcc were jam packed full of lawyers & cops

so no independence their either !

Peter Cherbi said...

Thanks for all your comments & emails on this article. Sorry I havent been able to answer all so far but am getting through them.

Readers strength of feeling is noted on the issue of self regulation ... and the more we can do to end it, in all areas of public life, and public services, the better for all of us.

There was a posting regarding doctors, a hospital and medical negligence, which I have passed on to contacts in the media rather than publish. To the poster of that comment, you can rest assured I will look into this matter further.

# Anonymous @ 12.34pm

Yes, you are correct, I did not mention the Police, and as much as any other public service, particularly concerning the Law - they cannot remain in a state of self regulation.

# Anonymous @ 2.29pm

Thanks. I have actually received contact from an Advocate on those videos and my articles which sounds similar to what you have been told.

I can only hope the sufferers of pleural plaques and asbestos related illnesses receive what is due to them as they most certainly should.

# Anonymous @ 3.35pm

Lets hope the issue is forced by the electorate ... more publicising of the cronyism of self regulation would do some extra good ...

# Anonymous @ 5.05pm

Oh yes ... but I think I would use the word "polluted" as well as "jam packed" !

Anonymous said...

Good reply as always Peter.

You are definitely an expert on regulation !

Anonymous said...

Peter

I have read in earlier comments you helped asbestos victims against insurers who dont want to pay out compensation.

Today (Tuesday) on BBC there is a story about the Insurers going back to the Court of Session and trying to overturn the new law on damages.

Please help asbestos victims and make sure these evil law firms and insurers dont succeed.

link to the story is here
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8067322.stm

keep up the good work my friend !

Anonymous said...

Keep up the pressure Peter!

Anonymous said...

All of what Cameron said is total BS.

Read this :
http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2009/05/how-to-hold-an-open-meeting-in-private.html

No change for the Tories as I suspected and if they get in the Law Society will probably be given the right to shoot people dead !

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree self regulation must end but look at what is going on with the London parties.Nothing but talk talk talk and a few crooked mps standing down in 12 months time but they will pick up another 200K before they go.Robbery and I bet there are some rat lawyers just waiting to raise challenges on behalf of their robbing mp clients to stop everything in its tracks.

It all sounds familiar doesnt it Peter ? Its the same as you have been fighting with the crooks at the Law Society and bent lawyers for years !

Anonymous said...

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission was an attempt at independent regulation but was 'taken over’ by legal profession before it even existed.

CLEARLY INDEPENDENT REGULATION WOULD CLOSE MANY LEGAL FIRMS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL CORRUPT.

PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND. LAWYERS DEALING WITH COMPLAINTS AGAINST LAWYERS MEANS,

COVER UPS.

NO JUSTICE FOR YOU.

A LICENCE FOR LAWYERS TO STEAL FROM CLIENTS BECAUSE NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO THEM. NO WONDER THEY ARE AGAINST AN INDEPENDENT COMPLAINTS HANDLING SYSTEM. A CRIMINAL SITUATION INDEED.

Anonymous said...

Politicians are just as crooked over here in the USA but what I cant get round is your Queen has said damn all about your representatives in the parliament doing what they have done !

Dont you think its time to change the whole political system of your country AND give yourselves a decent constitution rather than preserve these band of hoods who are taking all the money for themselves ?

As for your lawyers well now that I've read quite a bit of your blog I'd go dig a big hole in the woods and fill it up with whats left of them after being put thru a grinder !

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1189962/Lawyers-want-quiz-MPs-theyve-broken-criminal-law-expense-claims.html

Lawyers want to quiz MPs to see if they've broken criminal law in expense claims

Now how would that work ?!

How about questioning lawyers about fleecing their clients !!