“There was a complaint lodged by a member of the public about him flipping his house in Edinburgh.
“That automatically activated the disciplinary machinery. He’s learned about it and then decided he didn’t want the bad press and resigned.
“Once an advocate has resigned they are not capable of being disciplined.
“The spin from Number 11 Downing Street is that it’s because he hasn’t practised for a long time, but it was to avoid the embarrassment of the flipping scandal.”
There was absolutely nothing wrong in what he did about his houses.
“The disciplinary proceedings would not have been awkward and it is ridiculous to suggest he resigned because of this.”