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Who has been daft enough to send Tom Winnifrith a stern lawyer's letter? 92% of you guessed wrongly

By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM | Sunday 16 July 2017

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Five days ago someone who you would say had  a career death wish, if he had actually got a career, sent me a stern lawyers letter demanding that I pull all articles on him (going back 40 months) pay him damages, never write about him again and publish a grovelling apology dictated by him. I asked you to guess who has been so daft and 92% of you got it wrong.

219 folks voted:

Dr Mike Sinclair and/or heading for insolvency Advanced Oncotherapy 25%
Drowning in red flags Erik Schaer and/or the worthless company he runs MySquar 24%
Back for another spanking, charlatan Darren Winters & his evil Mrs Tatjana 15%
My old friend the offshore based asset Stripper Mr Jim "Uramin" Mellon 12%
Back for seconds, Lyin Chris Cleverley & Lord Hain of Sleaze and/or fraud Adfrican Potash 11%
Roger Lawson and/or ShareSoc 8%
Journalist smearer Paul "Queenie" McManus and/or any of the frauds he spins for 4%

Yes indeed the man who wants history rewritten and thinks he can use the UK legal system to cleanse the record is Roger Lawson of ShareSoc 

I have no problem with the fact that Lawson likes owning shares in shite companies like NCC, Judges Scientific, Monitise, Globo & Blinkx. Not that he writes positively about those stocks and berates the bears of those stocks claiming, falsely, that we do not know what we are talking about. That is all fine - it is Lawson's cash and I believe in free speech, hence have allowed Lawson to post comments on this website numerous times while he has censored me, preventing any right of reply to his defamatory comments about me on the ShareSoc blog.

But to write without declaring ownership and to sell before advising readers to sell is wrong. It is not a criminal offence. It is notmarket abuse. I have never made that charge.I am careful in my use of words. 

On this website both writing positively about a stock without declaring ownership & selling before telling readers to sell would be a sacking offence, and indeed in one case (Chris Oil) was. On Seeking Alpha both would see you fired on the spot. Across Fleet Street it would be black bag time. 

Tom Winnifrith notes: The above article has been revised after publication as per my agreement with Roger Lawson here.  Although Roger Lawson may not have reported his ownership of shares in a company when writing about them in all cases, or did not report his trading in those shares, as may be considered best practice, I acknowledge that the rules about ShareSoc publications did not require such repetition and I acknowledge that he acted without any intention of making any financial gain to himself and indeed no such gain was made.

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