Lawyer facing ‘deception’ probe

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Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A lawyer is being investigated by police after practising a “breathtaking” deception over more than three years, a judge has said.

Andrew Benson, who worked for London law firm Byrne & Partners, conducted “fictitious litigation” for a client, said Mr Justice Hamblen.

The “litigation” involved fictitious court hearings and the fictitious instruction of barristers – and the client had handed over £25 000, said the judge.

Detail has emerged in a written ruling by the judge after he analysed a legal issue in a London High Court case involving Mr Benson’s client – a diamond dealer.

Mr Justice Hamblen said the Metropolitan Police and the Solicitors Regulation Authority are investigating.

He said Mr Benson had been dismissed by Byrne & Parters.

The judge said events were “so extraordinary” and had involved “the creation of a sense of authenticity through the invention of documents which appear to be factual”.

“The deception practised by Mr Benson … is rightly described as breathtaking,” said Mr Justice Hamblen.

“The motives for Mr Benson’s actions are presently unclear.”

Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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