Monday, November 07, 2011

A £2.2 billion rip-off for YOU while Law Society Chiefs follow Salmond in ‘grubby’ Dubai tour promoting Scots legal market for vested interests

Seeking business for bent lawyers : Law Society of Scotland in Dubai to promote Scots Law as a safe haven for crooked vested interests. AS SCOTTISH CONSUMERS begin to wise up to the rife corruption in Scotland’s legal profession, where dealing with a lawyer on virtually ANY legal matter means a client is going to be ripped off one way or another, with no hope of recompense or resolution to a complaint, the Law Society of Scotland’s Chief Executive Lorna Jack & current President Cameron Ritchie tagged along on the coat tails of the First Minister’s recent trip to the Gulf States promoting Scots law firms with their own lobbying trip to DUBAI, one of those places in the world where even its own Police Chief reckons state firms are rotten to the core and one would surely expect to find an organisation as dirty & corrupt as the Law Society of Scotland.

Alas, with the Law Society’s core Scots membership beginning to run out of clients back home in Scotland to fleece & ruin, due in part to the recession and in part because consumers are finally waking up to the perils of even walking past a lawyer’s office, a Press Release was issued by the Law Society of Scotland covering Mr Ritchie & Ms Jack’s trip to Dubai to promote the Scottish legal profession and its ranks of paid up & not necessarily honest ‘expert witnesses’ who will sell or twist their testimony to the highest bidder at the top of the vested interest feeding chain.

Law Society of Scotland promote Scots legal system for vested interests : An event held for over 100 delegates in Dubai last night, Thursday 3 November, marked the end of a successful week for the Law Society of Scotland at the IBA annual conference.

Banging the drum for lawyer lobbying in Dubai : Cameron Ritchie, current Law Society President & ex Crown Office Procurator Fiscal. The Law Society's president, Cameron Ritchie, and chief executive, Lorna Jack, have spent time promoting Scotland as a hub for expert legal services at the week-long international conference. Mr Ritchie said: "This has been an excellent opportunity for us to promote the Scottish solicitor profession and emphasise that our legal system sits within an excellent business environment, with over 1,500 overseas companies investing and operating in Scotland. More than 100 guests attended our event, including a number of our members who are working in the Middle East and IBA conference delegates from several overseas law societies and bar associations.”

Mr Ritchie continued : "Scotland has a modern, progressive legal system with a reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness. We provide a flexible and cost effective location for international legal services and, with the passing of the Arbitration Act and establishment of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, can offer a globally competitive place for dispute resolution.We have met a great number of delegates from jurisdictions around the globe this week and been able emphasise the breadth and depth of experience across our legal firms who also provide value for money, have multi disciplinary capability, access to global networks and particular expertise in financial services, oil and gas, renewable energy and life sciences."

A modern, progressive legal system, as in one easily twisted to the requirements of vested interests, and as far as having any reputation for honesty, integrity or fairness goes, well, the years long battle over asbestos compensation payouts for pleural plaques along the multitude of lawyers trying to justify the use of tainted blood products and the Lord Justice Clerk Lord Gill’s own takedown of justice in the Civil Courts Review seems to sum up the civil justice system quite well, while the Lockerbie Trial and all its attendant fit ups with bribed witnesses & tampered evidence will do for the Scottish criminal justice system, matters which Mr Ritchie will know very well as he is a former employee of the Crown Office, that institutionally closed-ranks organisation which protects its own from prosecutions, even when deaths are involved.

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland, replaced the ‘more fun’ Douglas Mill who resigned after staff interfered in court cases & claims against crooked lawyers. Chief executive Lorna Jack said: "We have had a great reception at the conference this year and it was especially pleasing to be able to attend the opening of one of our most successful firms, McGrigors, new office in Qatar. We shouldn't underestimate the contribution of Scottish solicitors' profession either at home, where it is estimated to bring £2.2 billion to our economy and employ approximately 18,000 people, or the role it can play on an international stage. Despite the current and ongoing financial difficulties, there are opportunities for our members which we want to encourage and support."

Needless to say, while the £2.2 billion estimate may be a little more than reality, a great deal of client’s money well over a billion pounds flowing into the coffers of the Scottish legal profession is one of the main reasons there is no regulation of lawyers who are free to rip anyone off, and by the dozen. It was exactly the same with the bankers, who bought politicians, and bought the regulators. As we saw earlier in the year, even the lawyers who commit legal aid fraud, running into millions are not prosecuted for stealing from the public, such is the influence and lobbying power of the Law Society of Scotland over all in authority.

However, at least with the Law Society promoting Scottish Arbitration (recently exposed as little more than a platform for vested interests, corrupt insurers & disgraced judges who fell from grace in scandals) and ‘so-called’ expert witnesses who will alter their testimony to suit vested interests for a price, clients & consumers in Scotland and abroad are well warned to avoid litigating in the Scottish justice system, where injustice is a business and corruption, from the judiciary down to the High Street lawyer is an unregulated money making enterprise of criminal proportions.

Remember where we all live, in a country where expert witnesses and even doctors from the legal profession will argue that “asbestos is good for you” and be happy to say it in front of our own elected politicians in the Scottish Parliament because they know their profession carries too much influence and power for all our own good.

When the legal profession gets to such a stage as the Scottish legal profession have now become, common sense should tell you to save some money and walk out of your lawyer’s office along with all your papers, wills and titles. You, the consumers & clients across Scotland really are better off looking after your own.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Law Society already sold us out awhile back if you read this.He wouldn't have said it if he didn't think it was true (which it is)

http://www.emplaw.co.uk/news/225/5/53819
'I can buy the law' said Sheikh Maher al-Tajir as he dismissed his gamekeeper

A billionaire Arab sheikh said that British law worked on “money not justice”, and vowed to “stitch up” an employee who dared to challenge him, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.

Sheikh Maher al-Tajir, whose family owns 24,000 acres (9,700ha) of land in Perthshire and the Highland Spring bottled water company, is alleged to have told Chris Mulqueeney that he had enough money to buy anything he wanted in Britain, including the police and the justiciary. for more click here

Anonymous said...

Yes just the sort of place one would expect to find the LSS.

They must have fitted in well with the crooked arms dealers,bankers,gangsters etc

Anonymous said...

I think Jack is way off in her estimate of 2.2bn however you are correct - money buys influence and it is clearer than ever the LSS are calling the shots with Salmond & MacAskill.

Anonymous said...

So they are finally running out of Scots to rip off they have to go to the middle east for business hahaha what a joke

Do you know if they tried the same with Gaddafi?

Anonymous said...

"When the legal profession gets to such a stage as the Scottish legal profession have now become, common sense should tell you to save some money and walk out of your lawyer’s office along with all your papers, wills and titles. You, the consumers & clients across Scotland really are better off looking after your own."

THUMBS UP ON THAT ONE PETER!

Anonymous said...

I really cant imagine any honest company with an honest grievance will use the Scots legal system to litigate so at least we will know all the ones coming in will be corrupt.

Anonymous said...

I think the picture says it all!

Law Society brown envelope brigade can find you a bent judge or arbiter to get one over your opponent!

Anonymous said...

Hmm.

Speaking as a High Street solicitor I am none too keen on Richie & JO spending our subs on trips to Dubai which are only going to benefit the largest firms sitting round the LSS inner circle and not the solicitors everyone has to depend on when we are needed.

Perhaps if you had asked some solicitors for comments they would have said exactly as I have.

What we have here is a two tier legal profession and a two tier LSS who are more interested in themselves than the membership as a whole or, believe it or not,the bread & butter client base in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Yes I must admit I also miss Douglas.He is much more 'fun' than Jack when he gets going on camera as you should know mister ceo slayer.

Anonymous said...

As surely as a shovel follows shit the Law Society are hot on the heels of the fat balloon in Dubai.
If that doesn't make the relationship between lawyers & politician obvious to even the dimmest idiots in Scotland I don't know what will.

Oh by the way the story quoted in the fist comment was pulled from the archive site after pressure was put on a certain newspaper.

Anonymous said...

You are correct Peter there is too much money wrapped up in the legal profession and it is this wealth which they use to buy up the politicians like smarties.

Time we all stopped voting for all this lawyer backed scum and took back our Parliaments?

Anonymous said...

Dubai is welcome to them I hope they keep them and they dont come back the Law Society are truly evil

Anonymous said...

'Birds of a feather flock together'

Anonymous said...

Err,.....is this the same Law Society of Scotland that recently saw a senior member quit claiming it was 'an organisation with a fundamental dishonesty at its core'?

Anonymous said...

Wont happen in Scotland if you look at the cough bench and anyway most seem to like rent boys over the cough bench

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24006840-lady-justice-hallett-i-was-given-a-promotion-by-a-senior-judge---and-then-he-sexually-propostiioned-me.do

Lady Justice Hallett: 'I was given a promotion by a senior judge - and then he sexually propositioned me'

Heather Hallett winces as she recalls her early years in London's once notoriously sexist legal world. "It was horrific," she says, as she recalls one particularly unpleasant incident involving the lawyers' equivalent of the casting couch.

"I was offered a position about which I was proud and a senior male judge said 'Are you pleased to have got that particular position?' I said 'I'm thrilled', and he then made it plain how I could thank him. That's what life was like in the Seventies and Eighties."

Anonymous said...

Mr Ritchie continued : "Scotland has a modern, progressive legal system with a reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness.
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All of these legal people actually believe what they say.

"A reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness". Rather a mendacious statement, lawyers are human rats, evil, prejudiced and corrupt to their souls. Trust none of them.

Anonymous said...

18:25 Mr High Street solicitor Its no use complaining about how much money the Law Society are spending on trips abroad unless you intend to say or do something about it and with much of the profession just a bunch of gutless cowards I expect no headlines about solicitors questioning the costs of their precious Law Society of Scotland.

Anonymous said...

hehe you dont let these legal thugs off with anything Peter good for you!
i'm sure they have ruined many lives and deserve it

Anonymous said...

That's the last bottle of Highland Spring me, my family and friends will drink. I wonder If Andy Murray knows about this, since Highland Spring are one of his shirt sponsors?

The Law Society of Scotland have mushroomed into an all powerful self serving machine, since Alex Salmond has 'danced with the devil' because he thinks that the Scottish Lawyers will act in Scotland's interests when the divorce between Scotland and England happens as a result of independence which is now inevitable.

However, once the divorce negotiations commence the 'Scottish Lawyers' will 'take the money' England is bribing them with to weight the settlement heavily in England's favour.

In other words, we will be a separate country but when Alex Salmond departs the political scene and we look at the small print of the agreements, we will find that most of the North Sea and Shetland oil and gas revenues will still go to England, whilst Scotland will get to pay for all of the decommissioning once all the oil and gas is gone.

It is even more imperative to reign-in these rogue corrupt Scottish Lawyers/ Law Society of Scotland now and get them under the thumb before negotiations start.

W. Alexander

Anonymous said...

I agree their trip to Dubai wont bring any real business for most of us.How much did it all cost anyway?
I think we should do some digging although the LSoS remains FOI exempt courtesy of a compliant SNP Government.

Anonymous said...

Have you heard the one about the solicitor who brags to his colleagues he can rip off his rich arab clients at will because he knows all about their sex parties with very young lads and Class A drugs being used at his client's Scottish 'pad'?

Anonymous said...

Should we now be calling it the Law Society of Dubaious Dubai?

Also I liked your take on the expert witnesses thing.There is a directory of them you know,it must rank as one of the best lists of paid for liars anywhere!

Anonymous said...

LoL Peter I think you will soon be getting enquiries from some concerned rich arabs about their Scottish lawyers!

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 7 November 2011 18:25

Having said all that you have will you actually do anything about it ?

# Anonymous @ 7 November 2011 17:07

With the way the Scottish legal system operates these days, mostly against our own people, I think it would be fair to say any company or individual coming to Scotland to litigate may be well deserving of suspicion in their motives & background ...

# Anonymous @ 8 November 2011 11:01

If you find out the cost of the trip & the event, post it here.

I would assume it will be the usual no expenses spared outing for Law Society staff ...



# Anonymous @ 8 November 2011 13:58

This sounds more like criminal activity than just a straight forward client rip off. I would encourage you to report it to Police however tell me about it via scottishlawreporters@gmail.com or a newspaper before you do, otherwise the matter may well be covered up ...




# Anonymous @ 8 November 2011 17:03

They needen't bother.I am not here to help the rich, most of whom are less than honest themselves anyway.

Anonymous said...

"
They needen't bother.I am not here to help the rich, most of whom are less than honest themselves anyway."

Good to hear it and I agree entirely!
The word "Rich" in my book usually equates to crooks or criminals and the like!

Anonymous said...

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/ombudsman-will-name-lawyers-and-firms-public-interest?utm_source=emailhosts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ+-+07%2F11%2F11

Ombudsman will name lawyers and firms ‘in public interest’
Monday 07 November 2011 by Paul Rogerson

The Legal Ombudsman has taken the highly controversial decision to name lawyers and law firms in circumstances where there is a ‘pattern of complaints’ against them or when it is in the ‘public interest’ to do so.

Anonymous said...

MSP's have refused to repeal the Solicitors Scotland Act 1980. So Legal Hell Will continue because the Law Society of Scotland still deal with complaints from the public. In legal items the Law Society of Scotland's lawyers control access to Scotland's courts, and control policy. You cannot sue a crooked lawyer because lawyers stick together and they are all insured by Royal Sun Alliance. We have legal dictatorship in Scotland and a corrupt Parliament where 10,000 Scottish lawyers block access to justice if a lawyer, doctor, is corrupt. MSP's are not acting in their constituents interests at all. Google "Crooked Lawyers" so you do not become a victim of these self policing criminals.

So clients will have to police them, that is what is slowly happening. Law Society RIP.