Winters loses case
Winters’ expenses, and irregularities relating to Gift Aid.” Mr Winters had been unanimously exonerated by the JNF trustees in March 2006 after an investigation by forensic accountants.
Nothing disclosed by Mr Winters to Dr Julius “made it improper” for Dr Julius to continue acting for both the JNF and its chief executive, the judge concluded.
But Mr Justice Henderson rejected claims by Mr Winters that Dr Julius had acted for him a year later when he had considered suing former JNF patron David Lewis over letters to the Jewish press about the dossier allegations.
Mr Winters had failed to mention in a witness statement that he had actually instructed his present solicitors George Davies in this matter, the judge remarked. “It provides a graphic illustration of the unreliability of much of his evidence,” he declared.
In another passage, the judge said that Mr Winters had “not [been] frank with the court” in asking another Mishcon laywer, Daniel Naftalin, about the feasibility of a five-year contract with JNF in the event that the charity lost its litigation with KKL.
MrWintershadclaimedthathewanted advice about extending his contract from six to 12 months.
The request for five years was “a discreditable one, coming from the chief executive of a major charity, and it is perhaps unsurprising that Mr Winters should now disown it, even though it had the initial support of the trustees,” Mr Justice Henderson wrote.
Mr Winters’s solicitor, Mark Lewis, of George Davies, said: “Naturally Simon is very disappointed at the outcome. He is considering the judgment. He does find it surprising that the judge can find Mishcon de Reya had acted for him and yet allow them to act against him.”
Mishcon said it did not wish to add any comments to the judge’s ruling.
SamuelHayeksaid:“AlthoughtheJNF was not party to these proceedings, it is regrettable that Simon Winters found it necessary to take action against Mishcon de Reya.
“I cannot predict how this will affect his legal action against the JNF. We do not want to be involved in a legal case, but if he pursues this action we will defend it.”