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Libor trial: It was the prosecution that couldn’t go wrong… until it did

By day four of the trial, one of the jurors had fallen asleep. Liam Vaughan reports on how the Serious Fraud Office’s case against six City brokers accused of conspiring with Tom Hayes came to grief amid a welter of jargon and inconsistencies.

The first signs of trouble for prosecutors came  three weeks into the trial. Their witness was a government investigator called to lay out details of an inquiry into the alleged rigging of a key interest rate by a group of brokers, who faced up to 20 years in prison.
But as the investigator went through a calendar that his agency had compiled, listing days on which the rates had allegedly been manipulated, his team admitted some of the dates were wrong. Philip Hackett, QC, one of the defence lawyers, asked if the prosecution was “making this up as they go along”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/libor-trial-it-was-the-prosecution-that-couldn-t-go-wrong-until-it-did-a6864386.html
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Lee Parkhill appears in the first public Court of Protection hearing, held pursuant to the Court’s transparency pilot.

In CD v AR and FG the Court is considering whether a 91 year old Holocaust survivor should remain in a care home. The case came before District Judge Eldergill on 9 February 2016.
The pilot reverses the presumption, found in the Court of Protection Rules, that hearings are in private. The pilot will run until 31 July 2016.
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Timothy Straker QC & Phillip Patterson successfully defend challenge to TfL East-West Cycle Superhighway
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SFO case against Lord libor thrown out.

Philip Hackett QC represented Colin Goodman, who’s just been acquitted of all charges of libor manipulation. The serious fraud office alleged that his nickname Lord libor reflected his reputation and ability to manipulate the benchmark rate, The defendant submitted that the SFO case was a shambles and the prosecution had never understood how the market operated.

After an FCA/SFO investigation lasting five years and a trial lasting 3 1/2 months the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty On all counts against Mr Goodman after just one days retirement.

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Ryanair V Google
Martin Hayden SC has been instructed as lead counsel by Ryanair in  proceedings against Google in relation to misuse of intellectual property rights and in particular, the operation of Adwords.
The case relates to how the Google advertising system operates. The case will have to deal with an earlier decision of the European Courts in Google France SARL and Google Inc v Louis Vuitton Malletier SA [C-236/08]; the decision of Interflora v M & S and the US decision of Rosetta Stone Limited v Google Inc 676 F.3D144. The latter was considered to be the last serious American challenge to Google’s Adword programme. The Ryanair case will now revisit the entirety of this.

Local government law specialist Paulin moves to 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:12

Michael Paulin, a barrister specialising in local government law, has moved to 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.

Paulin – whose practice covers areas including tax, judicial review, and employment – was previously based at 3PB (formerly 3 Paper Buildings), where he trained. He was called in 2007.

Paulin said: "I am excited to embark on the next stage of my career at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, a progressive and dynamic set that has enjoyed exceptional growth in the past three years".

Steven Newbery, the set's Director of Business Development and Policy, said: "4-5 continues to grow and develop its brand as being one of the premier sets for local government law. We are pleased to welcome Michael and his complementary specialisms to our growing ranks and look forward to an exciting future."


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Chambers were pleased to host a meeting with the DroneSnap, winners of the South Africa Dreamtrepreneur Challenge competition, sponsored by British Council and Virgin Atlantic.

DroneSnap are a drone photography company. Joseph Dalby SC discussed UK drone regulation with Mario Demetriou and Jason Kyle van den Berg from Drone Snap. Joseph Dalby was also invited to contribute to a workshop held by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on Commercial Drone Applications.

BIS is lead on the HMG Challenger Business Programme, which aims to identify and respond to the immediate needs and concerns of Challenger Businesses and lower the barriers preventing them from entering or growing in their target markets.
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4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to welcome Michael Paulin as a new member of Chambers.

Michael specialises in the areas of tax litigation and tax dispute resolution including litigation settlement strategy, employment law, public, regulatory and local authority law.

http://4-5graysinnsquare.co.uk/barristers/michael-paulin/
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Welcome James Barnard

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to welcome James Barnard as a new member of Chambers,
James joins us from leading commercial and insolvency set 11 Stone Buildings. James was formerly a banker with a leading Japanese investment bank having overall responsibility for Italy. He practises in commercial and chancery litigation, including banking and guarantees, contractual disputes, professional negligence, fraud & asset tracing, and insolvency.
James has a wide experience of commercial disputes, both of an advocacy and advisory nature. He has excellent knowledge of procedural matters, and his expertise includes regular appearances at interim hearings including applications for interim remedies (such as freezing injunctions, search orders and security for costs), strike out/summary judgment applications, and disclosure applications.  Thanks to his linguistic abilities he acts in European cross-border disputes. He has a reputation for being a formidable cross-examiner and trial advocate.
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“At 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square we benefit significantly from our diversity. “ We intend to stay at the forefront of best recruitment practice in that regard” Timothy Straker QC – Head of Chambers.
 
 
4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing barristers and administrative staff from diverse backgrounds. To ensure our continuing focus on this commitment, Chambers will this week implement an online application process where the only personal identifier used as part of our recruitment procedure will be the candidate’s telephone number. All other personal information, such as name, gender and marital or civil partnership status will be effectively hidden until after successful applicants are called into interview. This “recruitment blind” system ensures that applications are assessed without reference to the applicant’s gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religious belief, or age.
 
As a set we are committed to maintaining a professional environment that values each individual’s contributions. To continue to flourish, Chambers strives to recruit and advance the finest talent from all backgrounds and beliefs, and to provide an open and supportive platform for our practitioners. We recognise that our outlook must be as global as our practice, and Chambers’ commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity furthers this goal.
 
We have adopted a recruitment blind system to ensure future application is assessed without reference to the applicant’s gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religious belief, or age.
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