A court hearing into allegations of fraud against a prominent City solicitor was adjourned by magistrates today.

Tony Guise, former chair of the Commercial Litigation Association and a member of the Law Society civil justice committee, had been listed to appear at Redhill Magistrates’ Court this morning in connection with three counts of alleged fraud.

The magistrates agreed an administrative application to adjourn owing to illness. Guise was not present in court.

The hearing was adjourned until 6 June. Guise has vigorously denied any wrongdoing. 

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.