Rupert Bowers QC acts for Lord Hanningfield, acquitted of allegations of making fraudulent Parliamentary expenses claims

18.07.16 | |


Former Conservative peer Lord Hanningfield was acquitted at Southwark Crown Court today of charges of false accounting.  Allegations were made that he submitted allegedly false Parliamentary expenses claims. 


Rupert Bowers QC acted for Lord Hanningfield, instructed by Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors. 


The Crown offered no evidence against Lord Hanningfield following a ruling by HHJ McCreath that the main issue in the case, whether Lord Hanningfield was carrying out Parliamentary work or not, does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Crown Court and is a matter for Parliament. During the proceedings Rupert submitted that the court could not determine what amounted to “Parliamentary work” for the purposes of the expenses scheme.  The House of Lords eventually agreed with this position that what amounted to "Parliamentary work" was within the exclusive cognisance of the House of Lords, and that accordingly the court had no jurisdiction.

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