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May 17, 2011 4:10 PM

Report: Hogan Lovells Partner Dismissed Over Expenses

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

LegalWeek is reporting that Hogan Lovells dismissed London-based partner Christopher Grierson after it said the litigator falsely claimed more than $1.6 million in expenses. 

The publication reports that Hogan said it fired Grierson on May 11 after an internal investigation that began at the start of 2011 and was led by the firm's finance team. The firm investigated expenses from a period ending in December 2010 and dating back a little more than four years, LegalWeek reports. 

Grierson--who will be required to pay back the money in full within 14 days--will also be subject to what should be a months-long investigation by the government oversight body for lawyers in England and Wales, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, after the regulator was alerted to the case by the firm on Friday, according to Legal Week. No clients have been affected, the firm tells LegalWeek.

Last May, Am Law Daily sibling publication The National Law Journal called Grierson one of the "top guns" in the litigation ranks of Lovells when that firm merged with Washington, D.C.-based Hogan & Hartson. LegalWeek notes that he made a name for himself working on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International's high-profile litigation battle with the Bank of England.

In 2008, NLJ reported that Sullivan & Cromwell partner Carlos Spinelli-Noseda stepped down from his position at the firm after billing his clients and the firm more than $500,000 in fraudulent travel and entertainment expenses.

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