UK Police Accused of Spying On Defendant Lawyers
The Metropolitan police in London is being accused of paying a spying agent who gave them witness statements and other information which was covered by legal privilege and which, in one case, aided the police to change its evidence.
Lord Justice Pitchford chaired an official investigation on under cover policing, and has received written submissions which testify that a former police detective was paid £21,000 for this information. One conviction is now being reviewed as a potential miscarriage of justice case.
Solicitor Nigel Shepherd made the claims about a former detective with the Metropolitan police who has denied them.