Hugh Wotherspoon, the solicitor found guilty last month of groping a woman on the Edinburgh-London National Express, has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
The 54 year-old married father of two, who quit his job at City IP boutique Ladas & Parry following his conviction, has also been handed a three-year probation supervision order, instructed to attend a sexual behaviour programme, and made to pay a £2,500 fine, plus £1,000 compensation to his victim.
Speaking at Wotherspoon’s sentencing on Friday, his barrister, Madeleine Wolfe, suggested that the Surrey-based solicitor could face the further sanction of being struck off from the roll.
Offering your seat to somebody else on the train is, from my experience, as likely to upset/annoy them as it is to make them happy. What if that baby bump is a pot belly? Or that old person is exceptionally proud of their level of physical fitness?
69 year-old Bar Standards Board (BSB) chair Baroness Ruth Deech (pictured right) is exactly the sort of veteran alpha-type who I’d studiously ignore if I spotted her on public transport while I was in possession of a seat.
But that would be a mistake, because when it comes to commuting, it turns out that Deech likes to be treated like an old lady...
There was a time, before the financial crisis struck, when City lawyers travelled by plane. Alas, it is no longer. Nowadays, they take the National Express – a fact evidenced by the strange, strange case of Ladas & Parry solicitor Hugh Wotherspoon...
Editorial note: Former Halliwells trainee Marc Piano knows a thing or two about handling stress, as he explained last month when he charted his experiences of the now defunct law firm’s collapse. These days Marc is practising Buddhism in south east Asian monasteries. From Myanmar, he brings Britain’s stressed-out lawyers some tips on how to relax.