City lawyer found guilty of contempt after destroying evidence when advising Ocado co-founder


City lawyer found guilty of contempt after destroying evidence when advising one of Ocado’s co-founders

A City lawyer who destroyed evidence when advising one of Ocado’s co-founders has been found guilty of contempt of court, the High Court has ruled

A City lawyer who destroyed evidence when advising one of Ocado’s co-founders has been found guilty of contempt of court, the High Court has ruled. 

Raymond McKeeve had a ‘significant and adverse effect on the administration of justice’ when he ordered an IT manager at a firm set up by Jonathan Faiman to ‘burn’ messages during a corporate espionage probe, as he tried to stop material falling into the hands of online grocer Ocado. 

Faiman was in a legal dispute with the retailer, which had accused him of using confidential information to launch a rival. McKeeve previously apologised for his ‘serious error of judgment’. Ocado said: ‘We felt compelled to bring this solicitor’s conduct to the attention of the court.’ A hearing in October will determine McKeeve’s sentence.

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