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Alun Jones QC

Call: 1972
QC: 1989
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Practice Areas

  • Extradition
  • Public Law
  • Crime
  • International Criminal Law

Summary

Alun Jones QC is a specialist in commercial crime, extradition, mutual legal assistance, crime, judicial review and asset confiscation. He has also appeared in the higher appellate courts in insolvency, planning and defamation cases when they have been connected with matters within his normal areas of practice. He spent the first ten years of his career before juries in London learning and developing advocacy skills, and then gradually specialised. In 2005, he founded and became Head of Great James Street Chambers.

Alun Jones values his professional independence. He is not a member of a political party or a part time judge. (He was a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1990-1997.)

He has been married since 1974 and has four adult children. He lives in London and the Weald of Kent. His private interests are rural conservation, gardening, local history, chess and cricket.

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Tahir Khan QC

Call: 1986
QC: 2011

Summary

Tahir Zaffar Khan QC was called to the bar in 1986 and is one of the most experienced Criminal Law Specialists at Great James Street Chambers. He has regularly featured in the Legal 500.

He was appointed as a Recorder in 2004 and since then has regularly sat as a Fee Paid Judge trying serious cases in the Crown Court. That achievement was followed in 2011 by his appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

He specialises in serious crime, including serious and complex drugs prosecutions, terrorism cases, complex frauds and the most serious cases of violence, specifically gangland shootings, murder and manslaughter cases. Prior to taking silk, he was on the Attorney General’s A list of Prosecutors authorized to conduct the most sensitive and difficult Revenue and Customs prosecutions. These often involved conducting ‘Preston Briefings’ with covert intelligence personnel.

He began prosecuting and defending Environmental cases in 1992 and soon after was often prosecuting and defending a wider range of Regulatory Crime. This culminated in his appointment to the Attorney General’s A list of advocates specialising in the most complex Environmental prosecution work.

In the two decades that he has undertaken this type of work, he has been involved in prosecuting and defending well known local companies as well as High Street names.

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Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN


Call: 1996 (N)
Call: 2008 (E&W)
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Summary

Chief Joe-Kyari GADZAMA MFR, SAN, FCIArb. (UK) is a very high profile and succesful Commercial and Constitutional lawyer in Nigeria, who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. He was appointed a Notary Public in June 1996 and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) in 1998. Gadzama was subseqently called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2008. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a Fellow and the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, Abuja and a Regulatory Consultant.

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Andrew Hill


Call: 1982
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Andrew is regarded as a heavyweight- leading barrister.

He has over 25 years of experience in criminal trials and is well respected for his astute tactical approach. He has been regularly instructed in a number of high profile cases. The impressive profile includes murder, serious violence, fraud, large scale drugs importations and supply of drugs, money laundering and sexual offences. Andrew is a defence advocate but spent the first ten years of his career both prosecuting and defending cases on the South Eastern Circuit.

Andrew is an excellent communicator and excels with his drive to do the best he is able for his client. Andrew’s extensive experience is epitomised in his careful and meticulous approach to defending the interests of his clients. An advocate who understands the rigours of the trial process and is well placed to advise clients on all aspects of it.

Andrew has developed a considerable practice leading in serious crime but is equally adept has acting junior when the occasion arises. He has been instructed in many cases ranging from gangland executions in murders to conspiracies to supply drugs and firearms. No case is too small to attract his skills and receive his best efforts on the behalf of his client.

Andrew is a member of the CBA; Liberty and Amnesty International.

Andrew is a member of the South Eastern Circuit.

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Shaun Wallace

Call: 1984
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Summary

Shaun is a senior criminal defence advocate of 25 years with experience in a wide range of serious criminal cases from Murder – in particular Operation Trident cases where he is highly regarded, manslaughter, serious sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, firearms and drug trafficking. He has lectured in Environmental Law, Health and Safety and Road Transport Law and Regulations. In addition he is familiar with all aspects of the Proceeds of Crime Act, including restraint, confiscation and enforcement. Shaun frequently leads in multi-handed cases.

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Jide Lanlehin


Call: 1994 (E&W)
Call: 2013 (N)
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Jide Lanlehin was called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple in 1994 and admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2013. He obtained his LLB Honours in Law at the University of East London 1992. He started his career at the English Bar training at Tooks Chambers (chambers of Michael Mansfield QC) where he did his first six months pupillage before proceeding to Cloisters, 1 Pump Court (David Turner-Samuels QC) for his second six months training.

He is a versatile and exceptionally gifted advocate who originally established himself at the English Bar as a specialist in very serious criminal cases, undertaking a variety of cases involving Mortgage Fraud, Money Laundering offences, Confiscation, Murder, and Rape. He appeared as a leading junior counsel in the Crown Court in a number of these cases. He also receives instructions in Employment Law cases i.e. Unfair Dismissal and Racial Discrimination, Immigration and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.(SDT).

In 2011, JL was appointed an English Law Consultant for a Nigerian Firm Gadzama LLP. Upon his call to Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, he was elevated to the position of Partner at the Firm that is one of the leading firms in Abuja that provides a wide range of services ranging from domestic Nigeria law to international legal services and transactions: Commercial and Financial Transactions, Corporate Legal Services, Capital Market Operations, Privatisation, Telecommunications, Maritime Law, Constitutional Law, Oil & Gas and Litigation.

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Anwar Ramzan


Call: 1995
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Practice Areas

  • Crime/Civil

Summary

Languages: Urdu & Punjabi

Anwar has a well -established Criminal defence practice, with emphasis on sexual and violent offences. In addition he has many years of experience in large complex fraud cases and confiscation matters. His reputation as a fearless advocate has meant that he is instructed regularly in high profile and complex cases.

In recent years Anwar has represented clients accused of ritual killings, baby shaking and historic sexual offences.

He is valued by Solicitors for his client care and hands on approach to cases and is highly regarded for his sensitive approach to cases involving vulnerable defendants.

He has appeared at appellate level in a wide range of cases both in relation to conviction and sentence. ( reported cases).

Anwar accepts instructions under direct public access and recently represented clients in civil proceedings for disrepair (landlord and Tenant) and Forfeiture.

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Suzanne Crane


Call: 1995
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I practise in the areas of Criminal Defence, Prosecution and Immigration. I am on the Advocate Panel Scheme at level 3. Prior to this I completed a nine month secondment with the CPS based in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. I have found this to be a challenging work environment and it has helped me build on the skills I have developed whilst in private practice.

Before working for the CPS I practised in the West Midlands for eleven years. During that time I developed a busy Crown Court practice, built upon the fundamental need to develop strong working relationships with my clients and delivering the highest standard of advocacy and service.
 
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Anawar Babul Miah


Call: 1998
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Summary

A specialist in public law with considerable experience in a wide variety of actions. Anawar is regularly instructed on many different types of cases, he is widely regarded as a “safe pair of hands”, able to apply his knowledge and advocacy skills, to any scenario put to him.

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Mark Fraser


Call 2000
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Mark is regularly instructed in a wide range of criminal cases, particularly in cases involving serious violence and organized crime.

Being called to the Bar in 2000, he rapidly built a practice in both prosecution and defence work, being appointed to the Attorney Generals Unified List in 2005. Having learnt a great deal about the manner in which a prosecution is both constructed and carried out, he has for some time focused on his attention on a defence practice.

In addition to his general practice, Mark regularly advises in criminal appeal cases in which he was not trial counsel. He is also regularly instructed in cases involving young and vulnerable defendants. Mark is frequently requested as counsel for his ability to relate and communicate effectively with his clients.

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Teresa Starr

Call: 2000
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Summary

Terri’s background is City based. She worked for some ten years in the Financial Markets for a major global brokerage organisation where she was a Senior Manager in European Government and Emerging Market bond broking. Her duties included day to day risk management for her specific team as well as overall management of a number of government bond market teams.

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Elizabeth Lambert


Call: 2001
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Areas of Expertise

  • Crime
  • Extradition
  • Public Law and Human Rights

Elizabeth’s practice covers crime, extradition and human rights work. She undertakes a wide range of criminal cases, exclusively defending. Her practice ranges from dealing with firearms cases, to armed robbery, child trafficking, murder/manslaughter, counterfeiting, and complex fraud. She has a specialist defence practice in extradition dealing with Part 1 and Part 2 cases in both the Magistrates’ Court and High Court. She also is instructed to represent prisoners at parole board hearings and conducts reviews of cases/ advises upon miscarriages of justice at appellate level. She has an international human rights background, and speaks fluent French.

Notable Cases:

R–v- E & Others – Croydon Crown Court (2012). Leading counsel. Multi- handed conspiracy to Defraud the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) and the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Acting for the first defendant, she represented a man accused of being at the centre of two national complex frauds valued at £1.7 million. The case attracted national media attention as it involved the use of insiders working for the DWP. The evidence required specialist analysis of audit trails and computer evidence.

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Amanda Jones

Call: 2001
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Practice Areas

  • Immigration
  • Public Law

Summary

Amanda is a specialist in immigration,  public law, criminal injuries compensation, and immigration-related crime. She has advised and appeared in numerous immigration matters in the Court of Appeal, and in the Administrative Court on appeals, judicial review and injunctions. Emergency judicial review grounds and out-of-hours injunction applications (including, if necessary, to the Court of Appeal) are a regular part of her practice.

She is instructed in asylum cases, particularly in relation to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. She also deals with entry clearance work, including the points-based system, visitors, and family reunion, deportation appeals in relation to criminal convictions or alleged terrorist connections, and cases in which a threat to national security is alleged.

Amanda frequently advises on and drafts fresh claims in relation to human rights and asylum, after an initial appeal has been exhausted, and has been instructed on a numbers of cases involving breaches of policy and legitimate expectation in immigration law.

She regularly appears at first and second stage reconsiderations at Field House, including several Country Guidance cases.

Amanda also deals with Immigration-related criminal work, including facilitating illegal entry, possession of false passports, and money laundering as well as Criminal Injuries Compensation claims.

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Peter Lange

Call: 2001
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Practice Areas

  • Crime
  • Extradition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Summary

    Peter maintains a truly international practice. In addition to practising from Great James Street Chambers, he maintains Chambers in Sydney. He also provides advice on all areas of the common law in Germany and, as of Counsel to the law firm Houri & Ghalayini, provides advice in the Middle East region.

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    Nick Beechey


    Call: 2002
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    Area of Practice

    Crime

    Summary

    Nick specialises in criminal defence and has a wide ranging Crown Court and Appellate Court practice. He is regularly instructed for his detailed case preparation and analysis of the evidence as well as clear, straightforward advice.

    His attention to detail is regularly put to good use in defending fraud and other cases where there is a large amount of technical detail. He has built up considerable experience of cases involving the use of computers in crime, not least from defending numerous cases of making and possessing indecent images. He is well versed in cases involving the interrogation of computers, mobile phones and cell site analysis. He is equally at home defending cases of violence, drug supply and the like. He has been instructed as a junior in murder trials and has acted alone in numerous multi-handed serious violence and drugs cases, money laundering and confiscation cases as well as acting in the full gamut of drugs, violence, theft and sexual offences.

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    Francis O’Toole


    Call: 2002
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    Area of Practice

    Crime

    Summary

    Francis specialises in criminal law. He prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal law, including serious offences of violence, dishonesty, fraud, public order offences drugs and sexual offences. In addition he has appeared frequently in the Court of Appeal in relation to appeals both against sentence and conviction. He is an experienced and accomplished advocate who prides him self on consistently achieving the best results in any case in which he is instructed. He is assiduous in his preparation and presentation of a case.

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    Olufemi Awodele


    Call: 2002 (E&W)
    Call: 2013 (N)
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    Qualifications:   LLB (Hons), LLM (Masters), PG Dip in Law (ICSL)

    Inn:  Gray’s Inn, Year of Call:  2002

    Public Access Qualified: Femi is licensed to receive instructions directly from the public.

    Prior to commencing practice, Femi worked in the Commercial Disputes Group of a major International Law Firm where he dealt with high value complex matters with a multi-jurisdictional element for many corporate client structures. This laid a foundation for handling high value commercial contracts. He was also responsible for Editing the firm’s Newsletter in the areas of Intellectual Property, Copyright, Defamation and Media law.

    Additionally, he has been a legal adviser at Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre in the areas of Contract, Employment, Housing, and Immigration Law. He was also a Duty Advocate at Willesden County Court, representing clients in possession proceedings involving disputes between mortgagors and mortgagees, and multifarious disputes between tenants and private and social landlords.

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    Paul Andrews


    Call: 2003
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    Practice

    Specialising in:

    • Criminal litigation, primarily defence work including violent and drug related crime
    • Courts Martial

    Relevant Experience

    My practice has focused predominately on defence work in all areas of crime as junior counsel alone, including attempted murder, s18 GBH, aggravated burglary, conspiracy to rob.

    I have appeared as both leading junior and junior counsel in cases involving large-scale kidnap, robbery and gang related violence conspiracies.

    I am experienced in the procedures of Courts Martial, defending members of the Armed Forces in Germany on charges ranging from frontline desertion to AWOL, with various sexual and offences against the person sandwiched in between.

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    Martin Henley


    Call 2004
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    Practice Areas

    • Extradition
    • Housing and General Civil
    • Family (both public and private law)
    • Children and Matrimonial Finance
    • Criminal Defence

    Summary

    Martin has a specialist defence practice in extradition and has developed unique arguments relating to the Extradition Act 2003. He has appeared at all levels from the Magistrates’ Court up to and including the House of Lords.

    Martin is co author with Felicity Williams of a chapter on UK extradition in “Still not resolved? Constitutional Issues of the European Arrest Warrant”.

     

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    Rebecca Nieto


    Call: 2006
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    Education

    University Durham, St Cuthbert’s Society

    BPP Law School

    Rebecca is a robust barrister who has undertaken some heavyweight cases during her time at the bar. She engages in a wide range of criminal cases including Serious Sexual Offences, Fraud Offences, and offences of Serious Violence and Drugs Offences.

    She has a natural aptitude to deal with the unexpected and gets to grips with the issues in the case very quickly. She is exceptionally good with clients and as a result has people returning frequently to employ her services. She is tenacious and passionate about her clients and always endeavours to really ‘fight their corner’.

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    Amy Cooke


    Call: 2006
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    Practice

    • Immigration and Asylum
    • Civil

    Amy’s practice focuses on immigration and asylum law. Since qualifying in October 2012 she has been frequently instructed by the Treasury Solicitors to represent the Secretary of State. Amy has recently completed a secondment at the Ministry of Justice, dealing with legal aid funding applications for various public law matters.

    Prior to commencing pupillage Amy worked for LPC Law Ltd. Here she conducted cases in the Royal Courts of Justice and County Courts. She has represented clients in a variety of cases including small claim trials, infant settlements, mortgage and landlord and tenant possession cases and enforcement proceedings.

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    Thom Dyke


    Call: 2007
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    • Criminal and regulatory law
    • Public law, judicial review and human rights law
    • Civil law

    Thom has a busy practice, focusing on prosecuting and defending serious crime. Thom is a CPS Grade 2 Panel Advocate, and has additional experience prosecuting for the London Probation Trust, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). He is regularly instructed on complex and multi-handed cases, as well as those involving issues of human rights and public law.

    He is described by his instructing solicitors as “an exceptionally talented young barrister” and “an excellent advocate whose personal approach to our clients is second to none”. He “has always achieved a desirable result for both the client and the firm, thanks to his expert knowledge in criminal law, his professionalism, and his integrity”. “He has also shown to have the ability to think strategically and back his approach with sound legal reasoning which sets him apart from other junior counsel.”

    He has extensive experience of drafting pleadings in both civil and criminal cases and is happy to turn around work for clients in cases where time is of the essence.

    Thom has an expanding public law practice, especially in the areas of prison law and education where he has experience of running discrimination and human rights claims. He has advised in a number of judicial reviews concerning difficult questions of false imprisonment, breaches of Article 5 and Parole Board appeals.

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    Unnati Bhatt


    Call 2007
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    Education

    University of Warwick – LLB (Hons) 2.1

    Areas of Law

    • Extradition
    • Immigration and Asylum
    • Public law

    Unnati started her career at 6 Kings Bench Walk (Chambers of Kadri QC) where she completed a pupillage in housing, immigration and asylum law. Her practice now focuses on extradition, immigration and asylum law and public law. She is interested in expanding her prison and public law practice.

     

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    Jennifer Oborne


    Call 2007

    Criminal practitioner with experience in the full spectrum of offences. Frequently instructed in case of serious violence, sexual offences, organised crime and drugs matters and large scale fraud. Experienced at representing defendants in post-conviction confiscation proceedings and contested applications for Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and Football Banning Orders. Also instructed to advise on applications for Judicial Review and actions against the police.

    Jennie currently combines practice with a teaching post at BPP Law School. Previously, she has worked with legal advice and advocacy projects in Kenya, Uganda and India. 

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    Laura Herbert


    Call: 2009
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    • Extradition
    • Crime
    • Public
    • Prison law
    • Civil

    Laura has a busy practice focussing on the above areas and has experience as an advocate in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Crown and Magistrates’ (including Extradition) Courts. She has recently made successful appeals in both the High Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) demonstrating capability in advocacy and drafting well beyond her Call. She has also completed work for the Treasury Solicitor, on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as a ‘baby barrister’.

    Laura has a reputation as a robust and persuasive advocate with an ability to understand her clients and give clear and cogent advice.

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    Tom Dutton


    Call: 2012
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    Areas of law:

    • Crime
    • Extradition
    • Immigration and asylum

     

    Crime

    Tom prosecutes and 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 sexual offences, violence, public disorder, drugs-related offences, theft and dishonesty, and criminal damage. Tom assists clients with confiscation and enforcement proceedings, restraint orders, cash forfeiture matters and acts for those charged with money laundering offences. He is also regularly instructed to defend driving matters on a private basis. He has experience of all road traffic offences as well as licensing and insurance matters.

    Immigration and asylum

    Tom has particular expertise advising and representing individuals in deportation, human rights and asylum appeals before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. He has particular experience in: Asylum and humanitarian protection; Human rights appeals; Entry clearance; Points Based System; Deportation; Bail hearings; Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006; Drafting and advisory work on fresh claim applications; and Judicial Review.

    Extradition

    Tom appears in contested extradition proceedings at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court [continued]

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    Julius Nkafu


    Call: 2014
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    C Umezuruike


    Call: 1986 (N)
    Call: 1991 (E&W)
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    Practice Areas

    • Commercial law
    • Property law
    • Employment law
    • Public law
    • Divorce law
    • Cross-border litigation
    • Nigerian law

     

    Summary

    Until 2010 Chima practiced exclusively at the English Bar. He specialized in cross-border litigation, big money divorce cases, commercial law, property law and public law. Since 2010 he has been Head of Chambers of The Chambers of I.N. Umezuruike, SAN in Nigeria. He is a door tenant of Great James Street Chambers where he is available to provide high level advice and draft documents in commercial law, property law, divorce cases and Nigerian law.

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    Henry Michael-Ihunde


    Call: 1995 (N)
    Call: 2011 (E&W)

    Henry Michael-Ihunde

    Call: 1995 (N)
    Call: 2011 (E&W)
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    Summary

    LLB (Hons), BL, Barrister (Inner Temple)

    Although, relatively junior at the English Bar, Henry Michael-Ihunde, as a Registered Foreign lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, worked with several Solicitors firms for several years prior to transferring to the Bar.

    Henry also qualified 17 years ago as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He has substantial experience and is able to advise on all aspects of Nigerian law such as Family, Commercial law, communications law and Constitutional law. In Nigeria he has conducted heavy Commercial cases and was regularly instructed to represent the Nigerian government as external counsel in several matters concerning corporate contract on privatisation of parastatals involving Nigerian telecommunications company(NITEL) and Nigeria Airways. He has also acted as an external consultant to the Nigerian Communications Commission on several occasions. . In Nigeria he regularly advises on Labour matters.

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    Dr Gunnar Beck


    Call: 2000
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    Barrister & Reader in EU Law (SOAS, University of London)

    Dr. Beck is Reader in EU Law and Legal Theory in the University of London. He practices in most areas of EU law and has represented private clients in some of the milestone EU cases in Luxembourg, Germany and the United Kingdom. He is a sometime parliamentary adviser (EU Legislation) to the European Scrutiny Committee & Legal Services Office, House of Commons, where he advised the UK Parliament on the negotiation of the Lisbon Treaty and all aspects of its significant amendments to the EU treaty framework.

    Dr. Beck is the author of the leading study of the legal reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU:

    The Legal Reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU
    By Gunnar Beck
    Available from Hart Publishing and all good bookshops

    http://www.hartpub.co.uk/books/details.asp?isbn=9781849463232

     

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    Dr. Nadine Sant

    Call: 2007
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    Practice Areas

    • Criminal and Penal Law
    • Civil and Commercial Law
    • International and European Law
    • Litigation
    • Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

    Nadine read undergraduate law at the Universities of Malta and of Western Ontario, Canada, becoming a Notary Public and receiving the IFSP Certificate in Trust Law and Administration in 2003.

    She became Doctor of Laws (LL.D) in December 2005 after submitting a thesis entitled ‘A Study of the
    Probation Act and a Comparative Analysis with Non-Custodial Alternatives to Imprisonment’. Nadine
    was admitted to the Maltese Bar in 2006.

    After being awarded a British Council Chevening Scholarship, Nadine read a Masters in Public International Law (LL.M) at The University of Kent. Nadine submitted her dissertation on “The
    European Arrest Warrant and its Transposition into UK law” after doing field research at the
    International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court in The
    Hague, The Netherlands. Nadine graduated in September 2006.

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