Barrister jailed for three years for £72k theft

Shamed barrister David Friesner has been jailed for three years for stealing �72,500 from his own chambers. He was able to represent dodgy ex-Calderdale businessman Jack Darrell Henry just after admitting the offence. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Shamed barrister David Friesner has been jailed for three years for stealing �72,500 from his own chambers. He was able to represent dodgy ex-Calderdale businessman Jack Darrell Henry just after admitting the offence. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

A THIEVING barrister who defended a dodgy ex-Calderdale businessman while awaiting sentencing for stealing £72,500 has been jailed for three years.

David Friesner, 42, admitted stealing the money from his own chambers to fund his £7.4 million property empire last month.

But in what Leeds MP Greg Mulholland branded a “ridiculous loophole”, he represented Council Tax Review boss Jack Henry in a trading standards case two weeks later.

Leeds Crown Court heard Friesner, of Manchester, “borrowed” cash from 9 St John’s Street Chambers, Manchester, 12 times from 2008 to 2009 to pay off loans of up to £1 million he built up refurbishing the 20 houses he rented and sold.

He claimed he intended to pay the cash back, but had been hit by the property downturn.

Mr Justice Singh told him: “You brought dishonour upon an honourable profession.”