High profile media lawyer Mark Lewis – who came to public attention with his work on the phone-hacking cases – is to face a disciplinary tribunal over alleged comments on social media.
It emerged today that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has decided to prosecute Lewis, a partner at London firm Seddons.
The allegations are that in May 2017 he used his Facebook account to post ‘offensive and profane communications’ towards a third party.
The SRA also alleges that between July 2015 and December 2016 he used his Twitter account, which publicly identified him as a solicitor, to post offensive and profane communications.
The allegations are subject to a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and are as yet unproven.
In its notice of intention to prosecute, the SRA says it wishes to make clear that it does not condone the actions of any individuals involved in exchanges with Lewis, during which the offensive communications are alleged to have been made.
Lewis, who helped to secure a £3m settlement for the family of Milly Dowler after her phone was hacked, has continued to work with high-profile clients, most recently representing consumer campaigner Martin Lewis in a claim against Facebook. His Twitter biography states: 'My own person - I won’t be bullied by antisemitic trolls.’
A spokesperson for Seddons said Lewis has tendered his resignation as a partner as he will shortly be emigrating to Israel.
She added: 'It would not be appropriate to comment save that we are aware that Mark will be disputing the allegations.'
Lewis added: 'It would not be appropriate to comment save that I am defending these allegations. It is a matter of great principle that one can respond robustly to intimidating racist death threats.'