November 2010 Bulletin


Baha Mousa

We successfully defended the interrogator charged in the first war crimes court-martial held in the UK. We are currently involved in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry following on from that trial which is examining the circumstances surrounding the death of Baha Mousa in British military custody and alleged inhumane treatment of prisoners.


We have, this year, also successfully defended a soldier accused of ill-treatment of a prisoner of war in Helmand province.


Lawyers acting for more than 140 Iraqi civilians who allege they have suffered torture and degrading treatment at the hands of British soldiers and interrogators have gone to the High Court this week seeking a wide-ranging public inquiry. We are acting for some of the investigators whose cases are with the Service Prosecuting Authority for consideration.


We have just concluded the confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act arising from Operation Euripus, one of the UK’s largest VAT frauds. Following provision of detailed statements prepared on behalf of our client the prosecution reduced their alleged benefit figure by 99%.

Regulatory Offences

We are currently advising in the defence of a prosecution brought by Environmental Health related to complex food and hygiene regulations involving the dairy industry.

We also recently advised in a potential prosecution relating to breach of gangmaster licence regulations.

Judicial Review

We have just successfully persuaded the police to withdraw an adult caution wrongly administered. This followed the issue by us of judicial review proceedings in the High Court.

Did you know?

The most commonly reported hate crime in London in 2006/07 was racist crime (9,976 reports), followed by homophobic crime (1,184 incidents) and faith crime (696 incidents).