Feargrieve v the dragon: how it looked.
The SRA has doled out a mild sanction to the lawyer who tried to deck a German at the opera.
The regulator has issued Matthew Feargrieve with a rebuke and ordered him to pay its costs of £300 after deeming that he failed to uphold public trust and confidence in the profession by beating a gentleman who wanted to watch Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Feargrieve, an offshore law specialist and former partner at Ozannes, Withers and Appleby, was convicted of common assault in 2019 after he got into a spat with a fellow patron of the Royal Opera House as the curtain lifted on a performance of Siegfried.
Ulrich Engler, a fashion designer, said he was subjected to a "constant flow of blows" simply because he sat in the empty seat next to the lawyer's partner, Catherine Chandler, and handed her the coat she had draped over it. Chandler disputed Engler's account and said he threw her coat on the floor after she objected to him sitting there.
Engler told the court that as the show began he was blindsided by "very hard" punches to his shoulder as Feargrieve told him, "How dare you talk to my wife like that?"
"I have never seen someone looking with so much anger and terror at me", said Engler.
Engler was diagnosed with PTSD, which usually happens after six hours of Siegfried, not before, while Feargrieve managed to dislocate his own shoulder.