Late last night the Twitter feed of Ian McLoone @IanMcloone the solicitor who is alleged to have leaked the address, or other geographically identifying data, where the counterjihad activist Tommy Robinson’s wife and children were residing, carried a statement from McLoone. The document said that McLoone had tendered his resignation as a partner in Taylor Walton Solicitors and that this resignation had been accepted with immediate effect.
McLoone is still denying that he leaked the address details, something that could have put Mr Robinson’s wife and family in grave danger from violent jihadis, who have issued constant threats to the lives of Mr Robinson and his family. With McLoone’s resignation I believe that the matter should for the rest of us, if not the immediate parties to the dispute, be considered closed and that there should be no more campaigns of letter writing or social media communications against the solicitors firm itself. I cannot at this time advise people whether to drop or continue their complaints about McLoone to the Law Society, that is a matter for each individual person who has either submitted a complaint, or is considering doing so. However, now that McLoone has gone, the law firm itself should no longer be the subject of complaints.
This has been a nasty business and one that could have had dire implications for Mr Robinson and his family but we in the wider community should see McLoone’s departure as the end of the matter and people should lay off the law firm itself now and leave the staff and remaining partners to get on with their jobs and get back to normal life.
Original Fahrenheit211 story on the Ian McLoone case