A nasty shock for everyone.
A convicted upskirter has apologised for panning his lawyer in a Google review.
Desmond Ling was highly critical of the performance of Mark Lee, the Joint Managing Director of Singapore firm WMH Law, in a review he posted in 2019.
Lee responded to the review by suing Ling for defamation, telling RollOnFriday the write-up was "wholly untrue and contradicted by contemporaneous evidence".
The pair crossed paths in 2016 after police found an incriminating 20-second video on Ling's mobile phone while investigating him for a different offence.
The clip showed Ling recording his own face at a supermarket checkout, before the view dropped down to show a woman's "panties, buttocks and upper thigh area" from under her skirt.
Lee was assigned to Ling's defence under Singapore's legal aid scheme, but stopped acting for him just as the upskirting trial began. In the court thriller that followed, Ling's ex-girlfriend appeared as a surprise witness for the prosecution to testify that Ling had asked her to lie under oath, and Ling argued that the unidentified upskirting victim was actually a transvestite.
The judge said Ling's contention was, "to put it mildly, completely unconvincing" and found him guilty of "insulting the modesty of a woman".
Ling's second court clash involving Lee went almost as badly. On the first day of the defamation hearing he issued an apology and retraction in which he admitted to publishing three other Google reviews of WMH Law under pseudonyms. Ling accepted that his critiques were untrue, and promised not to restate his allegations "in my capacity or under any fictional aliases", or "by way of procuring some other person and/or entity to do so on my behalf".
Ling's climbdown was a far cry from his bullish stance a few weeks ago, when he told RollOnFriday, "I still do not understand why am I being sued by WMH Law when what I did was merely an expression of my own opinion".
In a statement on Facebook broadcasting its Managing Director's victory, WMH Law said Lee was of the view that a solicitor's reputation "is of utmost importance" and that "any unfounded attacks must be pursed fervently, by having it ventilated and heard in an open and transparent forum".
Luckily RollOnFriday's recent story about the firm's glossy promotional video was entirely complimentary, so there's no need for Lee to ventilate anyone else.