The high-profile solicitor facing allegations of misconduct in relation to claims made against British soldiers in Iraq is fighting to have charges against him kept secret.
Lawyers for Phil Shiner (pictured), of Birmingham firm Public Interest Lawyers, made the argument at a preliminary hearing of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal held in camera.
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.
The case management hearing was listed for 2pm on Wednesday, with the cause list identifying two respondents as L1 and L2. Arguments about Shiner’s anonymity during proceedings last the entire afternoon and ended only when the tribunal office shut at 6pm.
Public Interest Lawyers is one of two firms facing allegations of misconduct following the collapse of the Al-Sweady inquiry into alleged atrocities carried out by British forces following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Earlier this week, the tribunal listed a 30-day substantive hearing against a second firm, London human rights specialist fo Leigh Day, to begin on 6 March next year.
The Shiner case is also expected to be heard next year. A statement on the firm’s website says that all allegations are denied and will be robustly defended. It adds that: ‘PIL has fully co-operated with the ongoing SRA investigation, and will continue to do so.’