News Professional Discipline 17th Jul 2017

Christopher Geering’s Client Acquitted and Awarded Record Costs Against the ACCA

Christopher Geering was instructed to represent the former financial director of an NHS Trust. The director faced allegations of incompetence, unprofessional behaviour and dishonesty. At the heart of the case, it was said he had agreed to backdate contracts worth millions of pounds, dishonestly misrepresented legal advice regarding the propriety of backdating contracts, and hid unfavourable accountancy advice he had received. The case required extensive cross-examination of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, as well as a review of thousands of documents relating to the contracts in question. The case concluded after a ten day hearing with all charges being dismissed. The panel made a costs order of £60,000, the largest sum ever made against the ACCA.

Christopher was instructed by Alexandra Whiston-Dew and Victoria Pigott of Mishcon De Reya.

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