2017-01-30 19:47:00
The Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal on Monday heard Mr Shiner admitted he would be struck off for his misconduct, but had refused to attend proceedings and was “manoeuvring” to avoid a hearing. Mr Shiner has already admitted nine counts of behaving without integrity and a single account of acting recklessly, but faces more serious charges of acting dishonestly. As a three week hearing began in his absence, Andrew Tabachnik, counsel to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, said: “What is at the heart of Prof Shiner’s professional misconduct is a view on his part that the ends justified the means, that his work in the human rights field was of such moment that he was able to disregard the rules that apply to his fellow solicitors. “This prosecution is not about stopping solicitors representing unpopular clients. It’s about solicitors who think the ends justify the means and that the rules don’t apply to them.”