In a strange quirk of irony, the two biggest exponents of the “Speculative Invoicing” litigation, were in the same building, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Davenport Lyons were their in the middle of their SEVEN days of hearings, and ACS:LAWs Andrew Crossley was there for a “Directions hearing”
It transpires that Andrew Crossley had requested a number of big asks of the Tribunal. A post from Will Gilmour who spent the day there states
It transpires that the application for directions was actually brought by him (rather than the SRA – the porsecution). He had a number of requests which he wanted the court to order. They were:
- He wanted SRA to fund his costs (as he’s lacking finance and was afraid he’d suffer an ‘inequality of arms’ against the SRA’s budget for his prosecution apparently set at £85k)
- He wanted to exclude all expert evidence, again on the grounds of expense
- He wanted an order to prevent the SRA making any further requests for disclosure of documents from him
- He wanted copies of all of the files concerned with the current Davenport Lyons (Gore / Miller) tribunal and…
- …a delay on proceedings on his case at least until the DL tribunal is concluded.
Wills post continues
As to the outcomes of Crossley’s five applications for directions: every single one was refused. No SRA funding, no exclusion of expert testimony, the SRA are free to request disclosure of further documents from him, he can’t have the Gore/Miller documents and there can be no unwarranted delay just because the Gore/Miller case is ongoing.
I would urge all my readers to go and view his EXCELLENT post on this whole subject. It covers concerns over the “Expert” Testimony of the defence and prosecution teams and casts a dim view over the ability of the SDT to actually regulate Solicitors. I am sure those of you who read the post will be quite astonished at the naivity of these people.
Will Gilmours Twitter feed is @will_gilmour go join his feed, I am sure he will be there again Monday!