September 2016

London lawyer faces jail for child abuse images

A former partner at an international law firm whose career was wrecked when he was caught photographing young girls playing in Trafalgar Square faces jail for downloading hundreds of child abuse images. 

Anthony Elliott, 63, was banned from working as a solicitor following a conviction in 2006 for making indecent images of children. 

He was caught filming up the skirts of girls aged 10 to 14 as they climbed on the Trafalgar Square lions, taking the images home to watch for “titillation”. 

When his home was raided, Elliott, a former partner at international law firm Lawrence Graham, had a indecent video of teenage girls stripping naked and simulating sex. 

The solicitor told his professional regulator he was “ashamed” of his actions and promised not to offend again but has racked up a string of convictions for similar offences since being kicked out of the legal profession.

Elliott pleaded guilty at Wood Green crown court yesterday to possession of indecent images of children, relating to 723 pictures of girls in erotic poses in their underwear. Judge Peter Ader warned he is likely to be jailed when he is sentenced on October 4.

Elliott was a director of Lawrence Graham, which has its headquarters in London and offices in Dubai, Moscow, Monaco, and Singapore, between 2004 and 2007. However his career was effectively ended by a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decision to ban him.

The tribunal heard Elliott, who qualified as a solicitor in 1976, received a 36-month community rehabilitation order for the 2006 offence of possessing and taking indecent images of children. He was put on the sex offenders register after being caught taking a video camera to Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden in search of girls. 

Elliott “sought titillation at home by viewing the scenes, for example where girls climbed onto the lions in Trafalgar Square to expose their underwear,” said tribunal chair Andrew Spooner. 

His latest offence came after a raid on his home in Southgate in March. 

Elliott pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children. He has been put on a sexual harm prevention order to stop him offending again and coming into contact with young girls