Personal injury solicitor news
Firm's accident compensation leader reprimanded
A Midlands-based personal injury solicitor has been fined £1,200 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after appearing before their Disciplinary Tribunal.
The hearing was arranged to reprimand the 42-year-old personal injury solicitor for his assault of a hotel manager in 2006. In August of the same he pleaded guilty to charges of assault at Solihull Magistrates Court and was ordered to pay a fine of £1,500 and compensation of £500.
Earlier, the victim of the assault told a local newspaper how the incident happened, "He raised his voice at some of the other customers and started shouting silly things.
"I called him a taxi and went outside with him. He was very rude to me. But when the taxi came, just before he got in, he walked back over to me and slapped me hard across the face. It hurt but it was more a shock than anything.
"I wasn't expecting him to do something like that and I could hardly believe it. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before and thankfully nothing like it since.
"He didn't apologise and went to get into the taxi but myself and another customer managed to stop him and kept him there until the police arrived. He was then arrested and taken away."
"He had been drinking a lot and seemed very drunk to me. He was staggering about, falling into people. It's a nice hotel and a lot of local people and business people go there for a relaxed drink after work.''
It is understood that the personal injury solicitor has maintained his job, running his firm's accident compensation team.