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Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans to sue former lawyers in loss of income claim

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Professional footballer Ched Evans is set to take legal action against his former lawyers in a claim for loss of earnings following his initial conviction at a rape trial. 29-year old Evans, who has also earned 13 caps at international level for Wales, faced trial for rape in 2012 where he was ultimately convicted, spending two and a half years in prison. Evans has always protested his innocence over the rape claim bought by a nineteen year old woman following from a drunken night at a hotel in Wales in 2011.

On 21st April 2016, the former Sheffield United striker, currently playing on loan for League One Fleetwood Town, had his original conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal, and a subsequent and highly controversial retrial in October 2016 found him to be not guilty. Evans now intends to sue his original legal representatives Brabners for bad advice and malpractice following his original conviction, having also previously pursued his employers at the time of his arrest, Sheffield United, for loss of wages. However, as a result of the maximum £500,000 claim cap for such claims, Evans, who was earning around £18,000 at the time of his arrest and may well have gone on to earn much more, is set to face Brabners in the High Court in April 2019 in a claim that could potentially be worth millions of pounds.

In response to the claims, spokesperson for Brabners said:

Brabners put forward a strong defence of the criminal case against Ched Evans following a thorough process and we are vigorously defending our handling of the case…we believe the claim for damages is entirely without merit."

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