Former Jones Day U.K. lawyer fined for contempt over ‘burn it’ order

admin on October 5, 2022

A former Jones Day partner was fined for contempt of court by a London judge on Wednesday for ordering the destruction of his client’s secure communications system after learning of a search order.

Judge Adam Johnson of the High Court said British lawyer Raymond McKeeve did “exactly the opposite of what … his professional duties required” and fined him 25,000 British pounds ($28,190). Johnson called McKeeve’s actions a “serious matter,” but said they did not warrant a custodial sentence.