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Iraq 'witch hunt' lawyer Phil Shiner could avoid paying debts

 Iraq 'witch hunt' lawyer Phil Shiner could avoid paying debts


Mr Mercer said: “Shiner’s law firm was paid £208,342 in 2015/2016 by the Ministry of Defence to facilitate the prosecution of UK soldiers. I find it hard to understand how he could become bankrupt just a year later.” The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which successfully brought proceedings against Shiner, said it was aware he had made himself bankrupt. Shiner was ordered to pay the body £250,000 in an interim costs payment when he was struck off last month. It is reckoned the total costs of the case were £500,000. An SRA spokesman said: “It will now be up to the Official Receiver to decide what happens next.” Shiner was convicted of a string of professional misconduct charges, including that he acted dishonestly, recklessly and without integrity in bringing baseless claims against British troops that they killed, mutilated and tortured Iraqi civilians. Mr Shiner has declined to comment over a number of months. Neighbours said he was still living at the home he sold to his daughters in January. There is no suggestion his daughters have done anything wrong. One neighbour said: “As far as I’m aware he’s still living there. I’ve seen him about recently, so there’s been nothing to suggest that he has moved out.” Another said: “Mr Shiner hasn’t moved, and I haven’t heard of any reason why he would be moving.”