Updated: Hogan Lovells' response in relation to its work for SARS

In response to various media reports on 14 and 15 January in relation to its work for SARS, Lord Peter Hain's statement to the House of Lords and his referral of the firm to the SRA, Hogan Lovells made the following statement.

 According to a spokesperson for Hogan Lovells:

 “Lord Hain’s unfounded accusations reflect a lack of understanding of the work we were asked to carry out for the South African Revenue Service.  We are disappointed that he ignored the evidence which we provided to him and the other committee members earlier today. He did not contact us in advance of making his statement to the House of Lords and instead appears to have relied on inaccurate press reports in South Africa.”

"We have fully reported the details of our engagement with SARS to the independent South African Parliament Standing Committee on Finance and we are very confident in its accuracy and probity.  Anyone who wants to take the time to understand our limited role in this matter can very easily read about it on the Parliament’s website or our own.” 

“We have a fundamental duty to uphold the rule of law with integrity and professionalism, and have been strong advocates of that in South Africa." 

“If Lord Hain does have evidence of corruption then that should be reported to the appropriate authorities in South Africa.  We look forward to working closely with the SRA on any complaint made to them by Lord Hain.”

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