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Crossley loses bid for legal costs

17 June 2011

Andrew Crossley, formerly the principal of ACS Law, has failed to persuade the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to make a costs order against the SRA.

ACS Law, now defunct, threatened to bring copyright infringement claims against thousands of web users suspected of illegal file sharing.

At a directions hearing last week, the SDT declined to make orders forcing the regulator to disclose material from another anti-piracy case, Miller and Gore, to Crossley or to exempt Crossley from making further disclosures.

The SDT rejected a further argument that the parties should be prevented from calling expert evidence and gave Crossley until the end of this month to respond to the allegations.

Meanwhile, a separate hearing at the SDT into an anti-piracy campaign led by Davenport Lyons partner David Gore and former partner Brian Miller found that the men had breached professional conduct rules.

Concluding a seven-day hearing earlier this month the SDT found all six allegations against Gore and Miller proven.

The SRA said the men sent letters to thousands of web users they claimed had been involved in unlawful downloads and usually asking for £500 to avoid court proceedings.

The hearing was adjourned after the tribunal ran out of time. It will resume at a date yet to be finalised to assess sanctions and costs.

In a statement the SRA said it welcomed the decision of the SDT “in this case brought for the protection of consumers”.

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