The prominent City lawyer facing allegations of fraud has told the Gazette that he is confident that any charges will be withdrawn following a settlement between the parties.
Tony Guise, former chair of the Commercial Litigation Association (CLAN) and a member of the Law Society civil justice committee, has been informed by the Crown Prosecution Service that he faces fraud charges relating to a commercial dispute involving his former role with the association.
The CPS has written to Guise requiring him to attend Redhill Magistrates’ Court on 23 May. He vigorously denies any wrongdoing.
Guise told the Gazette this morning: ‘In the light of the settlement, I don’t anticipate being required to attend court.’ The terms of the settlement, though not the fact of it, are confidential, he said. ‘I confirm all allegations [are] denied,’ Guise added.
CLAN has declined to comment, but said it would issue a statement following an executive committee conference call later today.
The organisation makes representations on behalf of its members, organises events, and provides opportunities for networking. CLAN engages in commercial activities through CLAN Commercial Services Ltd.
A Law Society spokesperson said: ‘Behaving ethically is at the heart of what it means to be a solicitor. Law Society members are expected to maintain the highest professional standards of conduct.
‘If a solicitor is convicted of a serious criminal charge they will be struck off and no longer be able to act as a solicitor and clearly would have no place at the Law Society.
‘We note that an allegation has been made against a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority is aware of the issue. We will await the outcome of the investigation.’
Guise, admitted in 1986, is principal at niche City litigation and regulatory firm Guise Solicitors. He is a contributor to the Gazette.
Update: Following a review of the evidence submitted the CPS chose to offer no evidence against Tony Guise in respect of any of the three counts he faced. On 17 November 2017 not guilty verdicts were entered in respect of each count. Guise said he was pleased the proceedings had been brought to a conclusion. He thanked his family, friends and professional colleagues for their constant support and applauded the hard work of his legal team of Richard Cornthwaite of Garstangs Cartwright King, instructing Keith Mitchell of 33 Chancery Lane.