Mishcon De Reya sacks tax lawyer for child porn and bestiality pics
11 March 2016
Mishcon de Reya has sacked a tax lawyer for possessing extreme child and bestiality pornography.
The firm appointed Stephen Coleclough as a consultant in January 2014. A leading expert in his field, he was the president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and previously worked for 16 years as the global head of indirect taxes at PWC. Prior to that, he was a partner and the Head of Corporate and Indirect Tax at Simmons & Simmons
Coleclough was arrested in March last year by Northamptonshire Police's POLIT unit, the Paedophile On Line Investigation Team. Following an investigation, he admitted downloading hundreds of indecent photographs of children over an eighteen month period culminating in his arrest. As well as bestiality porn, Coleclough was found in possession of 378 abusive photographs of children, with 137 falling into the most serious 'A' category,
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Coleclough was convicted at Northampton Crown Court in February after pleading guilty to possession of the images and to distributing 119 indecent photographs of children. He also pleaded guilty to possessing 29 extreme pornographic images of bestiality.
Mishcon sacked Coleclough in October when it first became aware of the allegations made against him. A spokeswoman told RollOnFriday that the allegations made and the subsequent conviction "are in no way linked to the firm, its clients or the consultancy services he provided
Coleclough will be sentenced in April.