International law firm Hogan Lovells is “disappointed” by Lord Peter Hain’s “unfounded accusations” over the firm’s handling of the Jonas Makwakwa debacle, the firm’s Regional Managing Partner in the UK and Africa said in a private mail to Hain. The critique comes after Hain delivered several smarting blows to Hogan Lovells and its client, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in the House of Lords. A tailored disciplinary hearing conducted by Hogan Lovells saw money laundering accused Makwakwa back in his top job at SARS last year. Now Hain wants Hogan Lovells’ status as a recognised body in England and Wales revoked and asked that the firm’s senior partners’ permission to practice as solicitors be withdrawn. By PAULI VAN WYK for SCORPIO.