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Trowers & Hamlins senior associate CLEARED of sex assault on off-duty police officer

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Simon Bryning found not guilty

St Albans Crown Court

A solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins who was accused of sexually assaulting an off-duty police officer on a late night train has been CLEARED of all wrongdoing.

Simon Bryning, a commercial property specialist, was found not guilty of sexual assault on Friday following a trial at St Albans Crown Court. Legal Cheek revealed that Bryning is a senior associate at Trowers & Hamlins’ London office on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the City outfit told us:

“We can confirm that Simon Bryning was found not guilty of all allegations made against him. We are following our processes and an internal investigation into the matters surrounding the allegations is underway. We are unable to comment further, as it is not our policy to comment on individual employment matters.”

The top solicitor — who joined Trowers as a trainee in 2008 — had been accused of assaulting a female passenger on a train from Euston to Milton Keynes in January 2017. It was said that Bryning reached through the gap between two train seats to stroke her thigh, according to the Mail Online. Bryning denied the allegations.

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Last week, we reported that Trowers’ staff had received an internal email, seen by Legal Cheek, informing them there was an “ongoing case” involving one of the firm’s solicitors.

During the trial, the court heard the defendant was arrested at Tring Station, Hertfordshire, after the woman’s partner called British Transport Police. Bryning was taken to Aylesbury police station, where he reportedly explained to officers he had been drinking heavily throughout the day and had no recollection of boarding the train.

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