Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 148

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Finers Stephens Innocent, Solicitors

  We have received a copy of your letter of 21 June direct to our client. This raises a number of concerns:

  1.  We asked you in our letter of 1 June 2000, on instructions from our client, to correspond directly with us rather than our client. In a subsequent letter sent from our client to you on 16 June 2000, this point was reiterated by our client. However, you have sought to address our client once more directly, as has the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Robert Sheldon. This is most inappropriate while we are acting for Mr Kapasi, and particularly in the light of both our and our client's requests. Once more, we would ask that you correspond directly with us and not with our client.

  2.  There appear to be numerous misunderstandings in relation to this matter, no doubt exacerbated as discussed in 1 above. Once such misunderstanding of great concern to us is referred to in the last paragraph of your letter in which you appear to be attempting to drive a wedge between us and our client. There is no question that we have not followed our client's instructions to get back to you by 14 June. To that end, we enclose a copy of the various correspondences that we have made with you since Mr Mark Stephens returned from business out of the country.

  3.  You have not responded to the question raised in our letters of 9 June and we should be grateful for your response. You will appreciate that Sir Peter Soulsby's motive in seeking to involve our client in this matter is highly relevant and a matter of great concern to our client. We believe this material information necessary before finally advising our client.

21 June 2000

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