News International’s ex Director of Legal Affairs Cleared of Professional Misconduct
After a three year investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority into an alleged News of the World phone hacking cover up, Saunders Law client Jon Chapman was completely exonerated by the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal on 4th December 2014.
James Saunders has acted for Jon Chapman when giving evidence to the Leveson enquiry and the Parliamentary Culture Media & Sport Select Committee, and he and Joel Bennathan QC were instructed in the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal case. Jon was the head corporate and commercial lawyer at News International, and uninvolved in newsgathering or editorial matters. The detailed Judgement cannot be published until other legal cases have been heard, but after the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal judgement, James Saunders said:
" It has been a privilege to act for Jon Chapman over the years since the News of the World phone hacking scandal broke, and no client has more deserved the ringing vindication which Jon received last week from the Tribunal. When the Judgement can be published, it will be seen that the Tribunal made no criticism of Jon, but directed it at the SRA for their handling of the case against him. Jon's professional life has been gratuitously put on hold for three years, and his composure and good humour throughout is a testament to his character and fortitude. It is wonderful to see Justice done for him so emphatically."
James Saunders was one of The Lawyer's "Hot 100 lawyers 2013", is recommended in Chambers and the Legal 500 directories, and often instructed in high profile media, regulatory, civil and criminal litigation.