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Phone-hacking lawyer Mark Lewis fined £2,500 for posting offensive tweets

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A crowdfunding page has been set up to help cover his financial penalty and costs

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

Leading London-based media lawyer Mark Lewis has been fined £2,500 for offensive comments he made on Twitter. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) also ordered Lewis, who shot to fame representing the Dowler family in their case against the News of the World, to pay £10,000 in costs.

As reported by Legal Cheek, Lewis was last month accused of posting “offensive and profane” comments on Twitter and Facebook. In a statement at the time, the top lawyer said he was responding “robustly to intimidating racist death threats.”

The tribunal found that Lewis acted with a lack of integrity and failed to uphold the confidence the public places in the profession when he responded to abuse on Twitter. In one tweet the top lawyer reportedly wrote: “Happy to celebrate your death too. I have not got time for your hideous evil.” A charge relating to Lewis’ alleged conduct on Facebook was unproven.

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In mitigation, the tribunal heard yesterday how Lewis had been inundated with anti-Semitic tweets and messages concerning his health.

In a statement to Legal Cheek, Lewis said:

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority was faced with a choice between Holocaust denying Neo Nazis and a Jewish lawyer. It chose to side with the Neo Nazis. It is on the wrong side of history. It is the Holocaust revisionists who are celebrating the verdict. That tells you all that you need to know.”

Shortly after news broke of the SDT’s decision, a crowdfunding page was set up to help Lewis raise the £12,500 needed to cover his bill. The page, which has already raised over £5,000, describes Lewis as a “hero who has stood up for all of us.”

The SRA declined to comment.

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27 Comments

Anonymous

Well done Alex for stopping comments on your over priced ego event, saves you having to delete them later.

Boycott LC, it’s bad for students and it’s bad for the profession.

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Legal Cheek

Alex Aldridge declined to comment.

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Anonymous

What a ladd, slinging bantz on Twitter left right and centre

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Anonymous

Legal Cheek, you usually link us to the judgment. Please can you today.

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Alex

Find it yourself lazy wanker.

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Not the SRA

Yes, but in our defence, we just lost £9 million unsuccessfully persecuting Leigh Day.

We’ve just recouped £10,000 from this silly little prosecution.

Every little helps!

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Anonymous

Should have claimed he didn’t send the tweets because his phone was hacked.

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Dr Frankenstein

What are you? A year seven? Hacking leaves a digital footprint you dim wit!

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Anonymous

Frankenstein, try a humour transplant. Clearly went over your head.

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Dr Frankenstein

‘Dr’ Frankenstein!

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Anonymous

Dr Wankingstain

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Anonymous

Dr weakbanter

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Anonymous

I have followed Marks work since he was doing interviews regarding the Milly Dowler phone hacking case. He’s an excellent lawyer and a decent chap.

I will be contributing to the crowd funding page.

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Anonymous

Mark? Is that you?

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Anonymous

The SRA declines to comment. Says it all really.

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Him wot knows stuff

The persons to whom he was responding were from a certain minority religious persuasion that trumps his own in the estimation of the fashionable-left, hence the result.

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Mustapha Dump

Peacefuls?

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Professional Cynic

Ah, the religion that means “peace”.

In much the same way that the “Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea” means that it free and fair elections, allows its people a say, and has a non-hereditary leader…?

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DoubleThinker

Yup, and note that a couple of truthful comments have been deleted without trace in case the peacefuls get any more…er… peaceful.

Rather like how the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is truthfully all of those things.

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Anonymous

Corbynista alert!

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Anonymous

What do you mean by that?

I feel sorry for the guy – what a load of nonsense and a waste of time and money that the SRA even bothered to pursue this to the extent that they did. Its a joke. The SRA has some soul-searching to do.

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Anonymous

Well the SRA regulates solicitors in the profession, they couldn’t do anything about the Nazis.

Mark shouldn’t have responded back with death threats. If it was an eye for an eye the world would be blind. Should have just reported it to the police.

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Anonymous

I don’t know why my comment got deleted and this one is allowed to stay. I mean if we are going to censor all references at all to this particular ethnic group – and I’m not taking a stance on that – can’t we at least do it consistently?

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Anonymous

So sick of all the censorship already – a shocking amount of human energy is spent on this. Everyone involved – including those on this website – should be ashamed of themselves. The truth does not fear inquiry.

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Anonymous

Wealthy lawyer gets fined a days wage for publicly acting childish. Doesn’t seem like much to get upset over.

This isn’t the white house, there are standards to maintain.

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Matthew

I am Irish and I have lived in the UK for years. All through the terrible days of the IRA and various other terrorist group atrocities and never once did I feel I was discriminated against. In fact I was welcomed. Go to Israel and be discriminated against because you are an Arab, go to the Middle East and be discriminated against because you are Christian, come to the United Kingdom and be free! Mark wants to go and live in Israel, good luck with that, hope it works out for you.

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Anonymous

He’s not being discriminated against by indigenous Brits.

Just sayin’…

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