Aug 3, 2022

Ex-Jones Day partner found in contempt of court over Ocado probe

A senior lawyer has been found in contempt of court after telling a client to "Burn" its secure communications system to avoid handing evidence to supermarket group Ocado. McKeeve, a former partner at the US law firm Jones Day, was advising Today Development Partners, which was set up by Ocado co-founder Jonathan Faiman. Ocado failed in a first application to commit McKeeve for contempt of court at the High Court in 2020. Robert Weekes QC, a barrister representing McKeeve, told the court during a hearing in June that his client wished to "Apologise sincerely to the court and to Ocado for the serious mistake". Ocado said in a statement: "We felt compelled to bring this solicitor's conduct to the attention of the court as it was the right thing to do. Ocado has been vindicated in its decision to do so."

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