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Alun Jones QC successful again in Rwanda Genocide Extradition Case

December 2015

Alun Jones QC successful again in Rwanda Genocide Extradition Case.  In proceedings lasting two and a half years, the extradition of 5 individuals to Rwanda  was rejected by District Judge Arbuthnot. Read more here.

British investors visit to Cameroon on a trade mission organized by the British government and the government of Cameroon

December 2015

Julius Nkafu attends in his capacity as Chairman of the Cameroon Business Council.

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Alun Jones leads chambers delegation to Cameroon

December 2015

Alun Jones leads chambers delegation to Cameroon. Alun Jones, Jide Lanlehin, Elizabeth Lambert, Julius Nkafu and Michael Bazeley attended the Cameroon Investment Forum (CIF) in Bonanjo, Douala 25th-27th November 2015. www.cif2015.com

Jide Lanlehin triumphs at CCA

November 2015

Mr Jide Lanlehin was instructed on an appeal against sentence of 12 months imprisonment for possession of a false French Passport with intent passed by at Croydon Crown Court by way of leave of single judge.

The Court of Appeal led by Lady Justice Sharp quashed the sentence of 12 months and replaced it with a sentence of 6 months imprisonment.

The Court was of the view that although the appellant had entered the UK with a false passport. this was not the same passport that he used to obtain employment. He was before the court to be sentenced for using a false passport to obt‎ain employment. The case of Kolawole distinguished from this matter. There was substantial mitigation in this case to warrant a reduced sentence in line with the case Ovieratchki.

Great James Street Chambers amongst 200 foreign firms attending CIF

November 2015

Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala will host the first edition of the Cameroon Investment Forum (CIF) on 25-27 November with over 200 foreign companies in attendance, according to the Investment Promotion Agency (API), the organizer of this event.
Of the companies, which have confirmed their participation, 50 come from South Africa, 30 from the United States, ten from Morocco, and other countries such as China, France, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria.

This business gathering whose main theme is “Emergence through Investment” will be more internationally-focused, according to API’s Managing Director, Martha Angeline Minja.

“We are wrapping up the final preparations, since all the arrangements for the success of this forum have been taken. This leads us to believe that CIF will be held in good conditions, as an inter-ministerial committee has also been set up to work on this, Mrs. Minja said.

The organizers have revealed that the banking sector, that of the insurance sector and industries will be “well represented” at this major rendezvous major during, the discussions will be centered on ways “to create interactions between domestic and foreign investors.”

ITC also intends to create a framework for cooperation and interaction between the Cameroonian Diaspora, API and public authorities.

The Forum will be an opportunity to “praise the vitality” of Cameroon’s economic operators, in addition to the other activities on the agenda, including plenary sessions, thematic workshops, B2B meetings, and the presentation CIF Awards.

Great James Street welcome Paul Edwards

November 2015

Chambers are delighted to announce that Paul Edwards (2004) has accepted an invitation to join chambers. Updated profile to follow shortly.

Tahir Khan QC secures not guilty verdict

October 2015

Tahir Khan QC secures not guilty verdict for his client on murder allegation after seven week multi-handed murder trial in the Old Bailey.

At The Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey), Tahir defended a man in a seven week murder trial in which he and two other Polish men targeted a wealthy Greek businessman for robbery and ended up smothering him to death. Despite the prosecution claiming that Szarkowski was the organiser of the enterprise and that the others were working for him, we secured a not guilty verdict on the murder charge.

Julius Nkafu Lecture

September 2015

The British Immigration policy is killing Africa’s prosperity as it is based on attracting only skilled employees from outside the European Union and in particular from Africa. This clearly cause a ” brain drain” in Africa which cancels out the British international aid support. One of the ways by which the policy does it this is through the point based system and the Highly Skilled Programmes which allow only young and very qualified professionals to come to the UK. The policy makes it extremely easy for a young qualified medical Doctor for example from Africa to come and work in the UK and thereafter settle in the UK. It costs a lot of money for any country in Africa to train a medical Doctor and upon completion, without giving anything back to the country, the policy actively encourages the young Doctor to migrate into the UK. A simple solution could include a condition that a newly qualified Doctor in Africa works in their country of origin for at least three years before they are allowed to come and work in the UK.

 

Shaun Wallace receives Honorary Doctor of Laws from London Metropolitan University

July 2015

Shaun Wallace graduated from the Polytechnic of North London, a predecessor of the London Met, with a BA in Law in 1983.

Shaun has worked as a barrister since 1986 and has experience in a wide range of serious criminal cases. He is a senior criminal defence advocate for Great James Street Chambers and has worked on a number of high profile cases over his career relating to murder, manslaughter, fraud, money laundering, firearms and drug trafficking.

Shaun is best known as one of the ‘Chasers’ on ITV’s hit television game show The Chase. He is a game show veteran, having been the first black winner of Mastermind in 2004 and reaching the final of Are you an Egghead? in 2008.

He has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4 and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live. Shaun devotes a large part of his time to social enterprise work, lecturing on aspects of law in schools, colleges and other institutions.”