“Noel has invited me to blog about my work as his lawyer trying to recover what was wrongly taken from him by HBOS; his “stolen goods” as he rightly calls them. The litigation process is both exhilarating and enlightening. It is exhilarating because it is an intense combat of the mind. It is enlightening because the true character of both the combatants and their clients will emerge during its course.
As Noel has said this is a “David and Goliath” battle; not just because it is between opponents of completely difference size, but also because it’s a struggle between right and wrong.
HBOS has inflicted huge losses and suffering on thousands of people. Its systematic greed-driven robbing and destruction of SME’s has also inflicted enormous damage on our economy. Lloyds is now trying both to cover up the full extent of HBOS wrongdoing and avoid making proper reparation to its victims.
I am a devout Christian. CS Lewis (author of the Narnia books) is my favourite author, and this one of his wisest statements, which is remarkably apposite to the opponent, I am fighting for Noel:
“The greatest evil is not now done in…sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps…But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy… of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”
No corporate wrongdoing of any size (especially acts of robbery such as there has been here) can be done without the complicity of lawyers; and nor can it be covered up and its victims robbed a second time of their compensation.
Banks usually turn to vast firms to do their legal dirty work. HBOS used Denton Wilde Sapte to sue Noel on his personal guarantee after it knew of the scandal that lead to the jailing of two of its bank managers – one of whom was in charge of Noel’s business accounts. Lloyds is now using Herbert Smith Freehills to resist Noel’s compensation claim.
I intend to ensure that not only the actions of Lloyds but also its incredibly highly-paid lawyers are subjected to public scrutiny via this blog.