Following a recommendation by the Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Agency (“LAA”) to the Minister for Legal Aid, Shailesh Vara MP, Thom has been appointed as an Independent Funding Adjudicator and Costs Assessor (“IFCA”).
As an IFCA, Thom will decide on appeals brought against the refusal of legal aid funding and assessment of costs. The appointment runs from 01 July 2016 for a period of two years. The National Appeals Review Panel was created by the LAA in 2013, with the aim of improving the consistency of decision making.
Thom regularly advises both professional and lay clients on the funding and costs issues which can arise in private and publicly funded cases. He has experience of challenging decisions on appeal, either by way of judicial review, or to the Senior Courts Costs Office (“SCCO”).
Julius Nkafu from Great James Street Chambers, a member of Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa ( APAA), spoke at a breakfast meeting organised by White and Case Solicitors LLP on the 29/06/2016 on Africa. He spoke about OHADA and how it has influenced arbitration in Africa. The opportunities and challenges, mentioning the recently signed agreement between ICC and OHADA as a really positive thing. Julius spoke about the recent Getma International v. Republic of Guinea case and pointed out that the court was correct to set aside the award. He spoke about the work of APAA in promoting arbitration in Africa. Julius said Brexit was a very bad idea but it has both positive and negative consequences for Africa but not for long. It will be business as usual in most of Africa and a small shock to countries whose currencies are pegged to the Euro.
Amanda Jones, Immigration expert appears on Channel 4 news
Elizabeth Lambert secures the acquittal of Michelle Hart after a 3 week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court. Her client was accused of being at the centre of a conspiracy to handle £53,000 worth of Louis Vuitton handbags stolen in a ‘smash and grab’ burglary in July 2015.
We are proud to be supporting both Joel Michaels and Shaun Wallace who will both be running the London Marathon this coming Sunday for Whizz-Kidz! We wish them and all other participants the very best of luck!
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Alun Jones QC and Thom Dyke have been working for over a year for the release from custody in Dubai of David Haigh, formerly Chief Executive of Leeds Utd, arguing he was unlawfully induced to travel to Dubai in an unlawful sting. They continue to advise him on his legal affairs upon his recent release from prison.
We are delighted to announce that Stephen Akinsanya has accepted an invitation to join chambers. Stephen has a wealth of experience predominantly in crime and is a qualified barrister both in England and Wales and the TCI. Welcome Stephen! We are very much looking forward to developing exciting opportunities both here and abroad.
Tim Starkey recently successfully prosecuted a multi handed fraud trial in which the first defendant was accused of illegally transferring sums of money from his employer’s accounts to his co-accused. Despite the first defendant being represented by a top QC he secured convictions in relation to both fraud and money laundering allegations.
Paul Edwards secures an acquittal and hung jury for defendant charged with ABH and being in charge of a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control on a public place.
The defendant stated that he was acting in self defence throughout the incident as the alleged victim was being aggressive and violent to his (victim’s girlfriend). In relation to the dog the defendant states he was never in control of the dog as it run out from his family home and this incident occurred outside his home address.
After trial the defendant was acquitted of the ABH and the jury could not reach a verdict in regards to the dog.
Paul Edwards Great James Street
Paul defends in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts. He has experience across a broad range of criminal offences, and is regularly instructed to represent defendants facing allegations of violence, public disorder, drugs-related offences, theft and dishonesty, and criminal damage.
Chambers welcome Chengetai Mupara and Haseeb Yousaf as squatters. Both Chengetai and Haseeb were selected from a high standard of applicants to enhance our teams in specific areas of law.