UK: Phil Shiner: Iraq human rights lawyer struck off over misconduct

February 2, 2017

Phil Shiner

The campaigning human rights lawyer Phil Shiner has been struck off as a solicitor after multiple professional misconduct charges were found proved against him, including dishonesty and lack of integrity.

The decision, made in his absence on Thursday, followed a two-day hearing at the solicitors disciplinary tribunal in central London.

Shiner was found guilty of 22 misconduct charges, several involving dishonesty. The tribunal found them proved to the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt. Two other charges were left to lie on the file.

Shiner was also ordered to pay for the full costs of the prosecution, starting with an interim downpayment of £250,000.

Shiner was also ordered to pay for the full costs of the prosecution, starting with an interim downpayment of £250,000.

The Birmingham lawyer led the pursuit of legal claims against British troops for their treatment of Iraqi detainees after the 2003 invasion.

Earlier courtroom victories over the case of Baha Mousa were followed by controversy around separate allegations, the most serious of which turned out to be wholly untrue.

Shiner claimed that UK soldiers had captured, tortured and murdered innocent Iraqi civilians after the so-called Battle of Danny Boy near Basra in 2004.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/02/iraq-human-rights-lawyer-phil-shiner-disqualified-for-professional-misconduct

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/02/disgraced-iraq-human-rights-lawyer-phil-shiner-accused-witch/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/phil-shiner-human-rights-lawyer-struck-off-charges-british-soldiers-troops-iraq-war-a7559221.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38841544

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