June 9, 2017
The law firm Leigh Day and three of its solicitors have been cleared of all the allegations of professional misconduct they faced over Iraq war murder compensation claims.
The not guilty verdicts delivered by the solicitor’s disciplinary tribunal (SDT) in London are a severe setback for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which launched the costly prosecution, and the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, who had called for legal action.
The SRA can appeal against the findings of the seven-week trial, which is believed to have cost as much as £10m and came after a three-year investigation by the authority.
None of the 20 charges against Martyn Day, Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther, or the London law firm, were proved.
Summing up the panel’s findings, the SDT chairman, Simon Tinkler, said it had “found that none of the allegations made have been proved”.
The case involved allegations over the way in which legal claims – that British soldiers tortured and murdered Iraqi detainees after the so-called battle for Danny Boy near Basra in 2004 – were pursued.