Monday, June 29, 2009

Justice Secretary forced into new appointments round at Scottish Legal Complaints Commission after lay member ‘steps down’

SLCC squareScottish Legal Complaints Commission delayed publishing minutes to hide lay members resignations. The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission was caught up in another scandal tonight as it was revealed that at least one, so far unidentified lay member wants to stand down, provoking a new round of Ministerial appointments of ‘lay members’ who are supposed to have no links to the legal profession, to the beleaguered law complaints body.

SLCC lay member steps down February 16 2009Minutes from February 09 just published reveal that at least one lay member is to stand down. Revelations from minutes recently released show that one of the SLCC’s lay members, so far unidentified, has asked to stand down, and discussions have already taken place between the SLCC’s Chair, Jane Irvine, the CEO Eileen Masterman and the Scottish Government’s Justice Department over replacements and mysteriously also point to the appointment of an additional lay member. “Paper (08.07.5.1) was noted from the Chair. The Chair also stated that she and the CEO had attended a meeting with the SG to discuss the recruitment of an additional Board Member. It was noted that SG have agreed to the appointment of 2 additional Lay Members; this is due to 1 Lay Member wishing to stand-down in the near future so that there will be 1 additional new appointment. Discussion took place regarding the recruitment process for additional Members and it was agreed that the Chair would update Members as matters progressed.”

Jane IrvineSLCC Chair Jane Irvine. The Chair of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, Jane Irvine, refused give an explanation for the sudden departure of a lay member, nor did she wish to identify the individual at the centre of the latest crisis to hit the ‘independent’ SLCC. Ms Irvine delayed any announcement on the matter by making the enquiry a ‘freedom of information request’, which can take anything up to 20 days to receive a reply.

A legal insider said tonight : “This latest problem to hit the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission shows it is unfit for purpose and should be scrapped in its present format. The delay in publishing these minutes simply because there were problems within the organisation the SLCC did not wish to reveal, demonstrates the commission is more focussed on protecting itself than protecting the interests of clients.”

He went on : “If the public and the profession are to be served by a regulator which will give the public confidence in the Scots legal services market, there has to be a totally independent regulator with full powers of prosecution and enforcement of discipline, rather than the idiotic arrangement we currently have where the SLCC will investigate a complaint and the Law Society will ‘punish’ the offending solicitor.”

MacAskill tight lippedJustice Secretary Kenny MacAskill decidedly unhappy over more disarray at SLCC. The Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill was asked for his reaction to the resignation and the requirement for a new round of lay person appointments to the SLCC. His spokesman said : “We wouldn’t comment on speculation about the board membership of an independent public body. Any further appointments that might be required would take place according to the statutory framework laid down in the Legal Profession and Legal Aid Act and the procedures laid down by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.”

An official from a Scottish consumer organisation who looked at the latest publications of minutes from the SLCC was staggered that ‘late publication’ had been used to conceal serious problems within the SLCC. He said : “This latest scandal points to an organisation which does not have the consumer’s best interests at heart. Concealing resignations of lay members by failing to publish information timely seems to indicate to me the Commission realises it has no public trust otherwise why fear releasing such information into the public domain ?”

He continued : “These events also raise many questions such as : if new lay members are to be appointed, where are the advertisements for these posts ? who will pay for this new round of appointments ? what are the criteria for these positions ? and why is there to be an extra lay member appointed ?”

If an extra lay member is to be appointed which will leave the SLCC with one more lay member than lawyer members, will the legal profession object to the arrangement or ask for an additional lawyer member to be appointed ? I can see this developing into another big mess at the SLCC.”

Well we have an interesting set of circumstances here, as it looks very much like the Justice Secretary will have to appoint new lay members to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, but where will these lay members come from ?

Are the replacement lay members to be more stooges from the legal profession or other self regulatory bodies who know how to protect the guilty from their victims ? I fear that will be the case, as the initial round of appointments to the SLCC by the Justice Secretary, which I reported on here : Call for MacAskill appointments 'sleaze investigation' as revelations show Legal Complaints Commission member was subject of Police inquiry left a lot to be desired in terms of transparency and accountability.

Scottish Legal Complaints CommissionThe SLCC board members : Do you want to join this bunch and be a lay member ? If you feel like contacting the Justice Secretary over the lay member positions at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, contacting the Justice Secretary as soon as possible, HERE. You can also contact the SLCC to offer your services as a lay member by email, HERE. Just don’t expect to be taken on if you don't have relatives already in the legal profession .. which does seem to be one of the criteria for sitting on the SLCC and scoffing up to £350 a day in expenses.

Law Society of ScotlandLaw Society of Scotland officials get top line access to SLCC meetings but clients are not invited. Full details of the February meeting of the SLCC, just published late this month, with the entire top brass of the Law Society of Scotland in attendance, can be viewed by clicking on the following images, where readers may also note, the poor dears at the SLCC are also still waiting for their pensions transfer …

SLCC’s February meeting, details just published in June ! :

SLCC 16th February meeting 0001SLCC 16th February meeting 0002SLCC 16th February meeting 0003SLCC 16th February meeting 0004SLCC 16th February meeting 0005

So how about keeping the public informed on these appointments ? or is this another ‘secret squirrel’ operation to parachute in more sympathisers of crooked lawyers into the once claimed ‘independent’ Scottish Legal Complaints Commission .. which is now anything but independent.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very dubious that the release of February Minutes only occur at the end of June (!), and no-one will believe for a moment that Mr. McAskill has not told - err... made his views known to - Ms. Mastermann who any relpacement should be. Doubtless it will be someone with an 'impeccable' track record.

This stinks from start to finish.

Thank goodness we have you - but unfortunately only you at present -reporting these important events.

fiddled to death said...

So whats the criteria for a lay member of complaints against bent lawyers ?

Be bent yourself ? No thanks I'd rather work in a sewer,that way I know the rats have 4 legs and a tail rather than 2 legs and a knife behind their backs.

Anonymous said...

definitely some serious problems at this slcc if their members are ditching after a few months work

do they get a big fat severance package and pension top ups on us just like bloody politicians or is a cushy job at the law society ?

Anonymous said...

Bernard Madoff is given 150 years the maximum sentence for a $65bn (£40bn) fraud which was described as "extraordinarily evil"

but the SLCC would h ave given him a knighthood !!

Anonymous said...

Hi from Hartford Connecticut Peter.

I pride myself as an attorney but I can see you have a lot of hoods masquerading as attorneys in the old country.Sad to see it but you are right on the money kid they should be drummed out the industry along with their suckers at the bar association.

Anonymous said...

The lay members of SLCC are here : http://www.scottishlegalcomplaints.com/whoweare.aspx

So just who is it who doesn't want the £350 a day ? lol

Douglas Watson
Douglas Watson was a police officer for 30 years and is currently an adult protection development officer for Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Executive Group. Mr Watson has previously been a chairing member of the Child Protection Committee, Scottish Borders Council and Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Action Team. He was a lay Committee member for the Law Society of Scotland and is a Sessional Inspector with the Social Work Inspection Agency.

Linda Pollock
Linda Pollock has had a broad based career in the NHS with clinical, teaching, research and management experience. She was an Executive Nursing Director until 2006, and interim Board Nurse Director (2002-2003). Her last role, before leaving the NHS, was a full time secondment as the Chief Nursing Officer's Advisor for Nurse Prescribing. Dr Pollock was a part time nurse member of the Mental Welfare Commission (1997-2005) and is currently a registrant member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Appointments Board

George L Irving CBE
George Irving was Director of Social Work North Ayrshire Council and during the period 1999-2000 he served as President of the Association of Directors of Social Work (Scotland). From 2001-2006 he was Chair of NHS Ayrshire and Arran. He led the National Support Team, Management of Offenders 2005-2007 and is currently a Visiting Professor to Glasgow Caledonian University School of Health and Social Care.

Ian Gordon OBE, QPM, LL.B (Hons)
Ian Gordon is a retired Deputy Chief Constable of Tayside Police. He is currently an associate professor in policing for Charles Sturt University (Australia). He was Chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) Professional Standards Business Area and Vice-Chair of ACPOS General Policing Business Area.

Anonymous said...

haha ! does anyone believe those resumes after all that shit we saw at Westminster ?

Anonymous said...

11.12pm

Yes they probably would have given Madoff a knighthood.
Infact there are thousands of Bernie Madoffs working in Scotland as lawyers and the chances are if you need a lawyer you are going to get a Madoff who will Madoff with everything you own.

Hey Peter don't you fancy joining this slcc and saving us from all these bent lawyers ?

Anonymous said...

“If the public and the profession are to be served by a regulator which will give the public confidence in the Scots legal services market, there has to be a totally independent regulator with full powers of prosecution and enforcement of discipline, rather than the idiotic arrangement we currently have where the SLCC will investigate a complaint and the Law Society will ‘punish’ the offending solicitor.”

(EXACTLY THIS IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE, THE LAWYERS AND THEIR SYMPATHISERS MUST BE KICKED OUT. THE SLCC IS A INSULT TO VICTIMS OF BENT LAWYERS, IT IS A COMPLAINTS BODY EVERY BIT A CORRUPT AS DOUGLAS MILL. HE WILL BE REACHING FOR HIS MACHINE GUN NOW, WANTING TO EXTERMINATE US. THE SLCC IS AS TARNISHED AS THE LAW SOCIETY, UNFIT FOR PURPOSE BECAUSE IT'S A SANCTURY FOR CROOKED LAWYERS, IMPARTIAL MY ASS.

AS FOR THE LAW SOCIETY PUNISHING LAWYERS AS BEFORE, THIS PERSON IS CORRECT, THE LAW SOCIETY IS THE SAVIOUR OF CROOKED LAWYERS SO THE SOCIETY NEEDS PUNISHED.

A LOT OF TAXPAYERS MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT ON THE SLCC. THE LATTER LIKE THE COMMONS USE A LOT OF BLACK INK ON DOCUMENTS, TOTALLY CORRUPT, ANOTHER LAWYER HAVEN.

Anonymous said...

“This latest scandal points to an organisation which does not have the consumer’s best interests at heart.

Concealing resignations of lay members by failing to publish information timely seems to indicate to me the Commission realises it has no public trust otherwise why fear releasing such information into the public domain?”
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There is no public trust because it is not worthy of trust. We need to have a complaints system,

Free of lawyers and their supporters in any form.

A method of prosecuting crooked lawyers outside the legal system.

A database which can be accessed by the public, so they can be warned which lawyers to avoid. At the moment in my view all lawyers are criminals.

Lawyers involved in any complaints process will obliterate public trust, because we know you all so well. They enforce laws but are above the law because your corruption is buried by your lawyer friends, simple as that.

Anonymous said...

lawyers are such turds
they are not productive members of the community they just feed off everyones problems and make more problems and then some of the turds go into politics and make problems for all of us
how this slcc functions i do not know but i know from reading your blog they sounds as crooked as the law society and its just another sham to fool us that they do something good when they do nothing good
there is nothing good about lawyers or anything to do with them its all bad and crooked and criminal

Anonymous said...

“We wouldn’t comment on speculation about the board membership of an independent public body.
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MacAskill's spokesman, if the SLCC is public why could no member of the public get access on Friday last when the academics reported about Law Society Master Insurance protecting crooked lawyers?

Independent-it is not because if it were you would not have needed buckets of black ink because of FOI Act. Independent organisations do not need to cover up if there is nothing to hide.

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 10.15pm

Yes, dubious to the point of suspicion at least.

I understand the Justice Secretary will have to appoint the new lay members .. and from a source tonight there seems to be a few unsurprising names ready to jump into the well paid positions ...

# fiddled to death @ 10.51pm

Yes, something like that.
Your workplace description of the sewer seems to fit anything tainted by the legal profession in Scotland !

@ Anonymous @ 11.09pm
Good point .. and I assume, Yes !

@ Anonymous @ 11.12pm

Oh I'm sure they would have made him a member straight away !

@ Anonymous @ 11.32pm

The lesson I hope you learn from reading my blog is not to hire Scottish lawyers - they will inevitably stab you in the back.

# Anonymous @ 11.45pm

So far the lay member standing down has not been identified .. so far ...

# Anonymous @ 12.12pm

No thanks. I think the issues of trust, transparency & public credibility would matter too much to me to work with such an organisation.

@ Anonymous @ 12.13am

On the subject of Bernie Madoff, I think I would describe the SLCC as being the biggest Ponzi scheme on the Scots public currently on the go.

The taxpayers money should be clawed back from the SLCC, and the organisation revamped without baggage from the Law Society. Unfortunately I don't see that happening unless there are lots of protests and lots of public pressure.

# Anonymous @ 12.30am

Many people seem to think that way ... based on good evidence ...

# Anonymous (2) @ 12.30am

I agree with your comment .. the SLCC is not independent in any way whatsoever, and its hiding behind layers of black ink are a good indication of its lack of honesty .. and hidden scandals ...

Anonymous said...

Why is a lay member of the Board leaving "a scandal"? There could be any number of reasons yet you have jumped to a conclusion that is in no way supported by any evidence. Come on Peter you know better than that!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like another SNP project gone wrong and why did it take so long to publish the minutes ? yes its very fishy but I see the Law Society lot Yelland Lorna Jack Henderson and chums were at the meeting so they will know all about who is going.

I wonder who they have ready to be stuck in his/her place ? probably all decided beforehand as usual!

Anonymous said...

More of the same selective secrecy we are well used to in the UK.How anyone can trust these people at the slcc is beyond me - the quango is funded by lawyers,is dictated to by lawyers,and is so obviously run from the Law Society anyone who fails to see that obviously doesn't have the ability to think for themselves.

Anonymous said...

There's an expression about something leaving the sinking ship. I forget exactly what but the phrase is probably applicable to the slcc !

Anonymous said...

# Anonymous @ 10.15pm

Yes, dubious to the point of suspicion at least.

I understand the Justice Secretary will have to appoint the new lay members .. and from a source tonight there seems to be a few unsurprising names ready to jump into the well paid positions ...
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Well Peter MacAskill will appoint lawyer lovers into this Law Society, SNP Quango, a bit like Hitler appointing Himmler to lead the SS, we are trying to change a system where the decision makers are the system.

The Scottish People need to know there is no point in reporting a solicitor in Scotland, naming and shaming is the only option under the present dictatorship. It would have been like asking the Nazi's to accept democracy in Germany.

Anonymous said...

BBC NEWS

The Scottish Government wants a referendum next year. SALMOND AND MACASKILL, THE OPPRESSORS OF THE SCOTS, TRAITORS, SUPPORTERS OF CROOKED LAWYERS WHO ROB THE PEOPLE EVERY DAY.

An opinion poll commissioned by BBC Scotland has shown a clear majority (58%) of Scots want a referendum on independence next year.

The poll also suggests support for the Union outstrips that for independence from the UK. (YES WE DO NOT WANT THE SCOTTISH NAZI PARTY (SNP) IN CHARGE OF SCOTLAND. THIS GOVERNMENT ARE LAWYER LOVERS, THE ARCHITECTS OF A LEGAL BANANNA REPUBLIC. A SELF REWARDING LEGAL DICTATORSHIP ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LAW SOCIETY, SCOTTISH LEGAL COVERUP COMMISSION LICENCED FOR CRIMINALITY THROUGH THE MECHANISM OF SELF REGULATION.

IF PEOPLE THINK THE FOI ACT APPLIES TO THE COMMISSION, THE BLACK INK CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THAT MACASKILL SUPPORTS SECRECY, AND HE SUPPORTS THOSE WHO BREAK THE LAW, BECAUSE THE BLACKED OUT INFORMATION SUPERCEDED THE FOI ACT.
WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW UNDER THIS ACT, AS LONG AS EMBARRASING, DAMAGING ISSUED ARE COVERED UP. TRANSPARENCY, I THINK NOT.

Anonymous said...

BBC NEWS

Doctor took gas and air on duty
at Ormskirk Hospital.

Dr Chahal persuaded four nurses at the hospital to inhale Entonox

A doctor, who admitted inhaling gas and air while on duty at a children's ward, told nurses it "created a floaty sensation", a panel has heard.

Dr Jonathan Chahal, 33, used the anaesthetic Entonox from a gas canister at Ormskirk District General Hospital.

Staff heard giggling coming from a resuscitation room and found him inhaling the substance, the General Medical Council (GMC) heard on Monday.

His fitness to practise will be debated during the three-week hearing.

GMC counsel Craig Sephton QC told the panel that Dr Chahal admitted using Entonox from a gas canister on four separate occasions.

'Cocaine traces'

The senior house officer paediatrician also persuaded four female nurses to inhale the gas, which is frequently administered in childbirth to alleviate pain.

Mr Sephton said: "He asked if they had ever tried it. He said it was fun and made you feel floaty."

He added that the effects of Entonox can alter the user's perception and can last up to 12 hours.

Dr Chahal denies taking cocaine between January and March 2008 last year, despite traces of the drug being allegedly found in hair samples during tests.

Each of the examining doctors also concluded Dr Chahal suffered from a medical condition (HERE WE GO, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AFFECTED HIS JUDGEMENT) - details of which were not disclosed in public.

Dr Chahal denies that the statements he made to the three doctors were misleading and dishonest.

The GMC argues his fitness to practise is impaired because of his misconduct and adverse physical or mental health. (HE WILL NOT GET STRUCK OFF).

The hearing continues.

Anonymous said...

MacAskill has to be kidding with that statement ?

We are surely entitled to know all the details about the recruitment process or is this all decided long before by the Law Society and is that why 5 members of the Law Society including their President and Director of Standards were at the same meeting ?

What a SNP joke on justice allowing lawyers to take over the country!If this is their version of independence we are f*cked

Anonymous said...

So Irvine refuses to speak then turns your question into an FOI.I smell cover up probably on instructions from SG while they work out who they can slot into it

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 12.54am

Lasting officially 4 months in a position which was supposed to run for at least 3 years and being put there at a cost of millions of pounds to the taxpayer ? I'd say that's a scandal on its own but concealing the minutes of the meeting for over 4 months and refusing to answer enquiries ... well its no great advertisement for transparency, is it.

# Anonymous @ 1.10am

I agree entirely.

Perhaps as one campaign group suggests, the public should attend these meetings, even if they have to sit outside the SLCC's offices with large banners displaying copies of blacked out documents showing how unaccountable the SLCC really is.

# Anonymous @ 6.18am

Exactly.

# Anonymous @ 10.01am

Yes that about sums it up.

# Anonymous @ 11.04am

Yes, mental health excuses crop up a lot in complaints against solicitors .. and the Law Society does everything to see the solicitor gets away with it.

# Anonymous @ 11.45am

Yes I agree, although no one is talking (officially) on any new round of appointments to the SLCC, which will inevitably involve more huge sums of public money.

# Anonymous @ 12.21pm

Yes, a cover up is exactly what is going on. Corrupt, but consistent.

Anonymous said...

was going to write something else but spotting your excellent reply

spot on of course - 4 months out of 3 years and the cost of it all is bloody ridiculous to put it mildly and the cover up no doubt because you would broadcast it all over the place

yes it stinks to high heaven

also what about this secret squirrel's reasons for leaving ?
is that why they were taking so long to announce it so they could come up with something more convincing like a gammy leg or a trip to a swiss clinic or a politician style 'want to be with my family more' ?

they will have to do a lot better than that !

Anonymous said...

I don't see anything on the slcc recruitment page but if they are so tardy with publishing their meetings then its anyone's guess what's going on.

Looks to me like you caught them out once again
Good work !

Anonymous said...

Interesting.If there is an additional lay member that means the solicitor compliment of the SLCC board will be in a minority and therefore an imbalance will exist.
I doubt solicitors would sit by without protest while this took place.

Anonymous said...

Just what part of those lay member's resumes gives them the right to be called lay members ?

Lay members with all that to their names look like non lay members to me

How about having juries composed entirely of cops and judges ? It sounds about the same as is happening at the slcc

lets celebrate as lawyers lose business and get sacked said...

I read a story the other day about lots of trainee lawyers getting kicked out on their arses.
Great.That night I invited all my mates for a drink to celebrate a few less ROBBERS on the loose.
We should all stay away from lawyers and let them go bankrupt.No need to have ROBBERS with titles to their name when they are just glorified ROBBERS.

Anonymous said...

GPs anger over 'unfair pay poll'
By Nick Triggle
BBC News health reporter

A part of GP pay is now linked to their performance

Doctors in England say they are being unfairly penalised because of a "flawed" patient survey.

The British Medical Association complained the poll, being used to determine their performance-related pay, was too complicated for patients.
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Professionals always patronize, too complicated for patients I think not, doctors protecting themselves just like our legal dictatorship in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Yes spot on "legal insider' this bunch are unfit for purpose along with the Law Society running the show

Anonymous said...

GP Patient Survey BBC News.

"This survey should be scrapped as it's not fit for purpose
Dr Laurence Buckman BMA GP Committee".

Yes Dr Buckman, just like,

The General Medical Council.

The Royal College of GP's.

The Medical & Dental Defence Union Glasgow.

The Legal Defence Union.

The Law Societies.

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

Six organisations not fit for purpose, like many lawyers and doctors. It is the higher earners in our society who are the biggest most ruthless criminals.

Anonymous said...

Yes Peter you are right to expose this nonsense of a quango
Just look at all their crying about pensions and threats to resign if they dont get more perks.We've just been through this with mps so if they are so keen on resigning they should be let go.Lets face it this slcc is a worthless piece of crap anyway and someone said the people at it are too shamed to even admit they work there !
What a joke

Anonymous said...

Present at the same meeting were members of the Law Society :
Richard Henderson, President, LSS
Ian Smart, Vice President, LSS
Lorna Jack, CEO, LSS
Jamie Millar, Treasurer and Vice President elect, LSS
Philip J Yelland, Director of Standards, LSS

Iain G Armstrong QC, Vice Dean, FoA

Was that the lawyers firing squad there to make sure the slcc did their bidding ?

Anonymous said...

Good work Peter.

If this is the way Scotland chooses to clean up crooked lawyers I agree any potential clients should look elsewhere for legal services.Not only is the slcc unfit for purpose so is the legal profession they are supposed to regulate.

Anonymous said...

308pm

I will drink to that too !

Remember people its hot these days so dont forget to roll down the window for your lawyer while he sits in the car incase it boils from the inside out !! Great stuff !!

Anonymous said...

Probably if they haven't gone already this should be enough to push them out the window !

Anonymous said...

No wonder the Law Society want to remain free of foi because if the SLCC are this bad the Law Society will be 100x worse

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who is a lawyer, but after reading your blog for many evenings Mr Cherbi, I am beginning to think my friend is a criminal.

Not that he has done anything I know of, but he is one of this group. I doubt he would help me if a lawyer ruined my life. Something is seriously wrong if people are barred from justice because a lawyers reputation will be ruined. Shocking system from the 18th century, at least it looks that way to me.

Anonymous said...

Sunday Mail - Michael Robson, an untrustworthy solicitor who did nothing for his clients.
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Well this is typical of a profession which is the epitome of corruption. Lawyers at the Law Society/SLCC Kenny MacAskill are not interested in truth. Their truth is doctoring documents, so that the legal profession are seen in a positive way.

I would be distressed if circumstances dictated I needed a lawyer. I see no difference between them and Hitler, except lawyers have no military power. In truth they are light years from what decent people stand for. The frightening thing is that lawyers think they are honest. They are the lowest of human scum, similar to paedophiles, murderers, and clients are like lambs to the slaughter.

Anonymous said...

BBC News

MP to quit over expenses 'stress'
Harry Cohen

Labour MP Harry Cohen has said he is to step down at the general election due to the "intolerable stress" expenses allegations have had on his family.

Mr Cohen represents an east London seat but reportedly claimed £104,701 in six years for his "second home".

A complaint was made to the standards commissioner that his designated "main home" was 70 miles away in Essex.

Mr Cohen said he believed he would be exonerated (like cash for honours crooks) but his wife's health had suffered due to "constant attacks".
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Mr Cohen, you should try the stress of unemployment due to careless banks.

Anonymous said...

BBC NEWS
Reforms 'could harm MPs' rights'

Measures to reform Parliament after the expenses scandal could violate MPs' human rights, it has been claimed. WHAT ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF TAXPAYERS?

The right of MPs to a fair hearing if accused of misconduct could be violated under a planned new system of external regulation, MPs and peers have warned.

CLEARLY THE SAME DISEASE THAT AFFECTS THE LAW SOCIETY, SLCC, ANY EXCUSE TO AVOID SELF REGULATION, AND THIS BUNCH OF PARASITIC BASTARDS WANT THE ELECTORATE TO TRUST THEM. SO MP's AND PEERS WANT FAIR HEARINGS. SO DO VICTIMS OF CROOKED LAWYERS. DOUBLE STANDARDS FROM PEOPLE WHO SHARE A COMMON BOND, INCREASED WEALTH THROUGH SELF REGULATION.

Anonymous said...

You know Peter there isn't half the trouble in England with lawyers compared with up there in Scotland.Even you have to admit that as I see you got some half decent replies in from the Law Society of England & Wales.
Ever considered recommending people to come south to get decent legal service ?

Anonymous said...

at least we know the slcc are as crooked as the lawyers now !

Anonymous said...

An organisation's credibility all comes down to public trust.I wouldn't trust this slcc lot whatever they said.

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 12.11am

If there are English legal firms willing to take on cases without restriction - even against members of the legal profession, and they prove this to me, I will happily recommend their details to people.

Anonymous said...

Good evening Peter,

I have been away for the weekend, and now I am looking forward to your next posting.

Great work you are doing, I like the comment about English law firms taking on Scottish law firms, we will watch this space?