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Calls for Bar Standards Board to act over Hillsborough smear QC

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Pressure is mounting on the Bar Standards Board to open an investigation into a Queen's Counsel lawyer who repeated damaging and untrue slurs about Liverpool fans in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.

Those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which saw 96 Liverpool fans unlawfully killed, have called for the Bar Standards Board to act, quoting its own mission statement of "considering reported concerns about barristers and the organisations we authorise and taking enforcement or other action where appropriate."

The Bar Standards Board declined to comment and a spokeswoman said she could not confirm if an investigation had been launched.

The full letter sent by Mayor Burnham and Mayor Rotheram to Mark Neale, Director General of The Bar Standards Board, Mark Willems QC, Head of Chambers, Cobden House Chambers, where Mr Goldberg is affiliated, and Andrew Hochhauser QC, Treasurer, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, has now emerged.

Mr Goldberg's comments triggered a slew of complaints to the Bar Standards Board, including from the mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region respectively, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, who sent a letter to the regulator about his damaging words.

But he has never retracted his "rioting" and "appalling behaviour" slurs.

Jonathan Goldberg QC spoke to Adrian Chiles on BBC Radio 5 Live last month after his client Peter Metcalf, who was solicitor for South Yorkshire Police in 1989, was cleared of perverting the course of justice following the disaster.
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