‘Burn it’ City Solicitor Escapes Jail for Contempt
The Law Society Gazette (UK) recently reported that Raymond McKeeve, a former partner with City firm Jones Day, was found in contempt in August by intentionally causing the destruction of documentary material, an encrypted 3CX messaging system, that were part of a court order made following an application by retailer Ocado in an action concerning breach of contract. The 50-year-old told the court that he ‘panicked’ after speaking to his client and sent ‘a burn it’ instruction to an IT manager. He denied contempt, saying he had no experience of search orders and did not intend for any documents to be destroyed.
A link to The Law Society Gazette (UK) article by Michael Cross is here.