Claim comes as solicitors body appeals against acquittal of Martyn Day over handling of claims UK soldiers killed captured Iraqis

Martyn Day, a prominent human rights solicitor, should not have used “unbalanced and sensationalist” language at a press conference when announcing allegations that British troops murdered and tortured Iraqis, the court of appeal has been told.

The claim was made on the opening day of an appeal by the Solicitors Regulation Authority against a disciplinary tribunal’s decision to acquit the London law firm Leigh Day and three of its lawyers of professional misconduct charges and one charge of dishonesty.

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