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TLT partner handed two-year driving ban after getting behind the wheel following ‘boozy’ client lunch

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Paul Crighton was more than three times the drink-drive limit

A partner at UK law firm TLT who drove home after a “boozy” client lunch has been suspended from driving.

Paul Crighton, a banking partner at TLT’s Manchester office, was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit when he was breathalysed by officers outside his home in Haslingden, Lancashire, on 10 September.

According to the Manchester Evening News, 35-year-old Crighton had been “downing beer and wine for three hours” at a “long boozy lunch” in a restaurant just yards from TLT’s office in Spinningfields.

Burnley Magistrates Court heard how Crighton — who has been at TLT for almost three years, having left Addleshaw Goddard in 2016 — had deliberately stopped drinking at around 4pm, almost five hours before he was tested by officers.

The top lawyer was caught after a concerned motorist thought they saw Crighton using his mobile phone as he made his way home on the A56 by-pass. The witness further claimed that Crighton almost had “two head-on collisions”, according to the report.

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Catherine Allan, prosecuting, told the court that Crighton’s “unacceptable standard of driving led to the initial complaint” and that he had admitted to having a “few pints and decided to drive home”.

Peter Grogan, defending, said: “This is the first blemish and clearly what a serious error of judgement it is. I can’t overstate the embarrassment he feels. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal will undoubtedly impose a punitive sanction.” He added:

“His wife is currently on maternity leave. He will be commuting on a bus. It will impact on his career progression.”

Crighton was banned from driving for two years and fined £2,235. He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

A spokesperson for TLT told Legal Cheek:

“We take matters like this extremely seriously. We expect partners and employees to act responsibly at all times when at meetings and events with clients or colleagues. We have reported the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and await the outcome of that report before deciding on any actions that the firm will take in response to this incident.”

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23 Comments

Anonymous

“top lawyer”

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Anonymous

A slap on the wrists followed by another slap from the SRA.

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Anonymous

Coming soon to this comments section:

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Dr Frankenstein

“This solicitor has been removed from the firm for breaching the firm’s drinking policy”. SAID NO FIRM EVER!

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Z'Uber

“He will be commuting on a bus.”

LOL. Cheap f*ck. Heard of Uber (or even just normal taxis)?

What is worse is the fact he stopped drinking at 4 and still fucked up. Again – download Uber. Would have got you home safe and avoided all this sh*t happening.

You daft c*nt Paul.

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Anonymous

Do you work for Uber?

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Anonymous

If that’s true (which I doubt) then he must’ve been absolutely twatted at 4pm to still be 3 times the limit at 9pm.

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Anonymous

He won’t be commuting to TLT for long as he’ll be exited for this.

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Anonymous

A taxi home would have saved all of this from happening.

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Anonymous

Nah, he isn’t on that City salary. It’s going to have to be the Megabus for him.

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Anonymous

I would love to know why my totally inoccuous and fair comment comment was deleted. Twats.

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Former colleague

Extremely sad set of circumstances – Paul is one of the good ones.

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Anonymous

Percy Piss Head.

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Anonymous

Should be dismissed. Average Joe would be. Equality demands that an example be made.

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Anonymous

There he was, at the crease, preparing for a big innings having wined and dined his corporate clients…but drink had entered into his life as a guest, and stayed in it as a master.

Facing his first over of the evening, he opened up to wallop the ball for four – with all the force of his career prospects and his pregnant wife behind the shot , all the pressure of his TLT targets (remember one of them pleaded this in an SRA disciplinary last year ?) – and – as is the tragedy of not opposing alcohol as the default drug of choice – he caught an edge on the ball, and the wicket keeper caught him. Out for a duck.

He is at the mercy of HR and ruthless equity partners now. Good luck mate. Get to A A and see if TLT have a policy about addiction tucked away to save your bacon. But for the grace of God, there go many of us. Amen.

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Anonymous

Some right sanctimonious tossers on here. Think about all the times you’ve done stuff and got away with it.
If you are enjoying his misery and pain, what does it say about you?

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Roy

Paul is a superb guy and a loving father. We all make mistakes and errors of judgement from time to time. I accept that drink driving is potentially disastorous and can lead to loss of life and limb. I am sure that Paul accepts that he made a bad decision and that the punishment is fair. So please be mindful of this when making your comments.

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