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Phil Shiner denies fraud charges over Iraq War claims

Phil Shiner, 65, who is facing three fraud charges (PA)
Phil Shiner, 65, who is facing three fraud charges (PA)

Phil Shiner has denied fraud charges linked to claims made against Iraq War veterans.

Shiner, 65, appeared in front of Westminster Magistrates’ Court via video link on Monday and pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud.

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Phil Shiner pleaded not guilty to three charges of fraud linked to claims made against Iraq War veterans (PA/ John Stillwell)

He appeared on a screen in court and spoke to give his name, age, and address and said “not guilty, sir” as the charges were put to him.

He was released on bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on July 27.

Shiner, of Birmingham, is alleged to have committed fraud by false representation in April 2015 in response to a question from the SRA, which he “knew was untrue and misleading”, so he could continue to practise as a solicitor, according to court papers.

He is also said to have “been engaged in the cold calling of clients in Iraq in relation to alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by British Army personnel at the battle of ‘Danny Boy’.”

Shiner is facing two charges of dishonestly failing to disclose information relating to Khuder Al-Sweady’s legal aid claim over an application for a judicial review of the Ministry of Defence decision not to hold an independent inquiry into his nephew’s death.

Between September 18 and 20 2007, Shiner allegedly failed to disclose that he “had been engaging in cold calling and the payment of referral fees”.

And in a letter challenging the decision to refuse funding of the legal aid application, between October 11 and 13 2007, he is said to have enclosed a statement that “had been obtained through cold calling”.