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City lawyer fined £1,000 by regulator following ‘bottomless brunch’ attack on girlfriend

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Matt Owen pleaded guilty to assault by beating last year

Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair, London

A former lawyer at accountancy giant Deloitte has been fined £1,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) following a conviction for assault by beating.

Matt Owen flew into a rage last summer when his then girlfriend left his boozy birthday brunch at the five-star Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, London. The University of Birmingham business graduate followed her and shouted and screamed at her about “other men”, according to reports at the time. It was also said that Owen grabbed his victim by the wrists and spat in her face.

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As Legal Cheek reported in July, Owen pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating. Owen — who completed his Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The University of Law (then The College of Law) — received an 18-month community order, 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £170 by Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Despite the conviction, we’ve now learnt Owen can continue to practise law. The SRA has this week opted to fine the ex-Deloitte man £1,000 after he accepted his conduct had undermined the trust the public places in the profession, according to a regulatory agreement. He was also rebuked and ordered to pay £600 in costs.

Owen joined Pinsent Masons as a trainee before joining Clyde & Co as an associate. He spent time working in Dubai before landing a role at Deloitte. He is no longer at the accountancy firm.

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27 Comments

Anonymous

Seems like the kind of person you want practising. Hopefully a long and successful career in family law ahead of him

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Anonymous

Tough guy.

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Anonymous

What a piece of work. Utter chopper.

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Hobin Rood

I wonder whether the punishment would have been more severe if he had been a lawyer from a local high street firm…one can only wonder.

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Anonymous

I once dated a lawyer who made up an entirely fictitious identity, lied about his name, his background, his education, his job, even where he lived. Should I report him to the SRA?

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Anonymous

Ahhh, the lows of internet dating ….

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Anonymous

I know who this is.

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Lord Harley of Counsel

Don’t you think I have been through enough already?

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Anonymous

If you did such a thing, is there not a risk such a man might take some sort of action against you – perhaps not via such official channels?

Tread carefully.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Like what?

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Hugo van der Meer

The University of Birmingham, one has been given to understand, is a fictional location M’lud.

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Anonymous

£1000 fine?! That’s probably what the bottomless brunch at the Brown’s hotel in Mayfair costs per person.

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Anonymous

Nah, just £50 a head.

Try again.

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Fat in the Hat

Wot no strike off?

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Anonymous

What a tool! He’s now General Counsel at Wirex Limited,,,,,,, ummmmm how?!

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Anonymous

Don’t worry, he’ll soon be out of a job anyway – Wirex is a cryptocurrency company.

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Anonymous

Sounds like an ideal candidate for partner in a city law firm.

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JONES DAY PARTNER

Well done son. See you at the interview on Monday!

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

What a gutless maggot. I hope waiters, chefs and service staff across the globe piss in his soup and spit in his coffee.

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Anonymous

Typical. Most solicitors I know have a screw or two loose. You either get the OCD personality disordered types who count how many piece of toilet paper they use to wipe their arse and feel a sense of loss at the flushing of their shit. Or the gambler psychopath. I am so glad we’re opening up the law to various people and to people of various backgrounds.

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Outrage.bot13v-ef

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Posted on international women’s day.

Great way to celebrate the day by posting articles on women being physically assaulted.

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Anonymous

I would like to know where this classy individual who spits in women’s faces is now working?

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