Not exactly behavior becoming a lawyer.
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Willkie Farr partner Boris Bronfentrinker , who works in the firm’s London office, was rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority following a road rage episode. Bronfentrinker was convicted of dangerous driving for a 2019 incident in front of his daughter’s preschool when a judge says he aimed his Mercedes at a pedestrian, Peter Bullen. Bullen says he was trying to photograph Bronfentrinker’s car that was over a double yellow line, when the event occurred.
RollOnFriday describes what happened:
Bronfentrinker, who was then a partner at Quinn Emanuel, told the jury he was attempting to drive around Bullen, and had only been travelling at two or three miles an hour. But the judge said he aimed at the man “to scare him”.
Following Bronfentrinker’s conviction, Judge Bartle said, “You did not, as you claimed”, veer away from Bullen “immediately” or “after a short period forward go immediately into the road”.
“He was standing in front of your car and you drove your car at him, and he would not have known what you intended to do. I’m sure he was scared by what you did”,
The judge concluded that Bronfentrinker did not intend to run Bullen down or injure him, although “he would not have known that”, reported the Mirror.
For the conviction, he was fined £5,000 and barred from driving for a year.
The SRA, which administers the code of conduct for lawyers in the U.K., found Bronfentrinker “failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public” in breach of the SRA Principles. He was assessed £420 to cover the SRA’s investigation costs.
Willkie Farr has not commented on the rebuke.
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