Ex-Addleshaws lawyer appeals against his crystal meth conviction
18 November 2016
A former Addleshaw Goddard and Simpson Grierson lawyer who admitted possessing methamphetamine has appealed against his conviction.
IT lawyer Marc Cropper worked in Addleshaw's London office for five years before rejoining Simpson Grier in 2013 in his native New Zealand. However the prodigal son's return was marred in July 2015 when he was caught in a police drug sting. Cropper pleaded guilty to possession of between 2.5g and 4.5g of methamphetamines, enough for around 200 hits (supposedly: RollOnFriday has relatively poor knowledge of precise meth measurements).
The Auckland District Court convicted Cropper in April this year. The presiding judge said Cropper was a "high flying, high achieving, high ranking ... lawyer
" who had a "fall from grace
||"High flying, high achieving, high ranking". Generally high.
Cropper has now appealed against his conviction. His lawyer Peter Davey recently appeared before the High Court in Auckland saying that Cropper was at a "critical
" time of his life and a drug conviction was an "insurmountable obstacle
" to gaining employment. Davey argued that Cropper had been driven by his addiction, but had taken steps to address this, including an 18-week rehabilitation course. He said that the conviction was out of proportion with his offence.
Justice Rebecca Edwards in the High Court reserved her decision.