2016-12-14 17:27:00
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) paid more than £200,000 to a law firm that was being investigated over a string of misconduct allegations, it has been claimed. A government organisation, the Iraq historic allegations team, which looked into alleged war crimes by British troops in Iraq, continued to pay the now defunct Public Interest Lawyers while an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was taking place. Last week, PIL’s team leader, Phil Shiner, accepted that he would be struck off after admitting acting without integrity, including making “unsolicited direct approaches” to potential clients through a fixer. Ihat paid PIL £208,342 between January and July, according to the Sun. An MoD spokeswoman said: “The courts have made it clear that without Ihat’s investigations, the door would be open for a much more lengthy and costly public inquiry. “These payments were judged necessary to effectively investigate the cases and were agreed before the SRA investigation into PIL began.”