Ongoing disciplinary proceedings against Public Interest Lawyers director Phil Shiner will continue to be private.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today confirmed that the next hearing involving Shiner will be held behind closed doors.
Last month, lawyers acting for the media argued before a case management hearing that full disclosure of the case should be made.
Shiner, whose firm brought claims on behalf of Iraqi civilians against British soldiers, is facing allegations of misconduct following the collapse of the Al-Sweady inquiry into alleged atrocities carried out by British forces after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
But the details of charges against him or his firm - usually published in advance of SDT hearings - are yet to be made public.
In a statement, the SDT said last month’s case management hearing, conducted in private, was adjourned.
‘When it resumes it will be a continuation of the June case management hearing and will therefore take place in private,’ the tribunal added, making no further comment.
Last month’s case management hearing did not even name Shiner or his firm as participants, listing the respondents anonymously.
After a challenge by lawyers representing the Mail and Sun newspapers, the tribunal ruled that the fact that Shiner has been charged could be made public.
Public Interest Lawyers is one of two firms facing allegations of misconduct following the collapse of the Al-Sweady inquiry: the tribunal has also listed a 30-day substantive hearing against a second firm, London human rights specialist Leigh Day, to begin from 6 March next year.
A statement on the PIL website says that all allegations are denied and will be robustly defended. It adds that: ‘PIL has fully co-operated with the ongoing Solicitors Regulation Authority investigation, and will continue to do so.’
Leigh Day also denies any wrongdoing.