Tax barrister says ‘ban’ got here in ‘aftermath’ of fox killing tweet

Jolyon Maugham QC

Jolyon Maugham QC has claimed he and his chambers have been blacklisted by a magic circle regulation agency.

Addressing his some 260,000 followers on Twitter on Sunday, Maugham alleged that the pinnacle of litigation at Allen & Overy had contacted Devereux Chambers to tell it that, “as long as I used to be in Chambers, not solely would they not ship any work to me, however they might not ship any work to every other member of Chambers both”.

Maugham added that the “ban” got here within the “aftermath” of a “silly tweet” on Boxing Day 2019 wherein he revealed he had “killed a fox with a baseball bat” whereas hungover and sporting his spouse’s kimono. The fox had been caught in protecting netting round a hen coop within the backyard of Maugham’s London residence.

In two additional posts over the weekend, the barrister claimed the magic circle regulation agency “later withdrew the ban” and that he subsequently “provided to maintain the matter confidential in the event that they tendered a personal apology”. They “refused” this supply, according to Maugham.

Maugham, a prolific tweeter who turned a number one anti-Brexit voice, was till just lately a member of Devereux Chambers, a London set which covers a variety of specialisms together with industrial litigation, insurance coverage and tax. He left the chambers late final yr.

A&O and Devereux declined to remark. Maugham didn’t reply to our request for remark.

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