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UK: Leigh Day lawyers accused of misconduct over Iraq claims

April 24, 2017

Left to right: Anna Crowther, Martyn Day and Sapna Malik

A law firm has been accused of misconduct over the way it handled claims that British troops tortured civilians during the Iraq War.

Leigh Day failed to disclose evidence its Iraqi clients were members of a “murderous” militia group when it represented them in compensation cases, a tribunal has heard.

The claims caused years of anguish to falsely accused soldiers, it was told.

Leigh Day and solicitors Martyn Day and Sapna Malik deny 19 misconduct charges.

Fellow solicitor Anna Crowther also denies one allegation of misconduct at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in London.

Without the firm’s failures it was unlikely a £31m public inquiry into claims of murder and torture by UK soldiers would have taken place, the tribunal was told.

‘Years of worry’

Representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Timothy Dutton QC, said: “Over a period of more than seven years, Martyn Day, Sapna Malik and Leigh Day made and maintained allegations that soldiers in the British Army had murdered, tortured and mutilated Iraqi civilians.”

He said the lawyers had continued to act for their clients despite having a document showing they were members of a militia associated with the Mahdi Army, which had ambushed British troops.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39696160

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/24/lawyers-leigh-day-cases-against-uk-troops-allegedly-knew-clients-belonged-iraq-militia-mahdi-army

https://www.ft.com/content/1b50ca0a-2908-11e7-bc4b-5528796fe35c

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/24/iraq-torture-claims-lawyers-leigh-day-had-evidence-clients-scheming/

Colombia/UK: Seminar with Colombian human rights lawyer – Jorge Molano

April 13, 2017

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Event Type:Seminar
When:17/05/2017 16:30 – 18:45Add Seminar with Colombian human rights lawyer - Jorge Molano To Your CalendarAdd To Your Calendar
Venue:The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Cost:free 
OverviewSRA Competencies: A1 and C3

Jorge Molano is a human rights lawyer from Colombia who works on cases of displacement and extra-judicial killings. He has also worked with the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado in Colombia, members of which were killed for their reluctance to get involved in the Colombian internal armed conflict. Jorge has also represented family members of the persons who disappeared in the Palacio de Justicia case, when hostages were taken in the Justice Palace by urban guerrilla group M-19, and the Colombian armed forces subsequently took over the Justice Palace. He is currently working on cases relating to the gathering of information and surveillance of human rights defenders by intelligence services.

We will discuss Jorge’s work, the situation of lawyers and human rights defenders in Colombia, what the future looks like after the signing of the peace agreement in Colombia, and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.    

The Philippines/UK: British father speaks of his horror after his lawyer wife was assassinated in front of their three daughters by motorbike-riding gunmen in the Philippines

April 1, 2017

Stuart Green, pictured with Mia, has called for her killers to be brought to justice in the Philippines

A widowed British father whose wife died in a hail of bullets in front of her three daughters has spoken of his horror, and called for her killers to be brought to justice.

Mia Mascarinas-Green died in February when gunmen on motorbikes pulled alongside her car and opened fire in the Philippines.

The 49-year-old was killed when 28 bullets were shot into the car before her killers tried to execute the couple’s children.

Thankfully the gun jammed and Zoe, 10, and two-year-old twins Zia and Eli survived the ordeal in Tagbilaran City.

Their father Stuart Green, 45, believes the horrific murder was linked to a case Mia, a lawyer, was working on.

He is set to return to the country where his wife was killed, but said he is fearful of being murdered himself.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4370806/British-father-s-horror-lawyer-wife-assassinated.html

UK: Iraq human rights lawyer Phil Shiner declared bankrupt

March 17, 2017

Lawyer Phil Shiner outside the high court in London.

Struck-off solicitor’s insolvency declaration will deprive MoD of opportunity to recover multimillion-pound sum it seeks

The campaigning human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, who was struck off as a solicitor for pursuing fictitious Iraqi compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence, has been declared bankrupt.

The Insolvency Service website states the 60-year-old, who ran the firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) in Birmingham, was made bankrupt on Tuesday.

The declaration of insolvency will deprive the MoD of an opportunity to recover any of the millions of pounds it maintains it is entitled to claim from Shiner.

The former solicitor could not afford to retain lawyers to represent him at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in London last month. He did not attend and was not represented at the hearing. He also told the tribunal that he was unwell.

Shiner was found guilty of multiple professional misconduct charges, including dishonesty and lack of integrity in bringing murder and torture claims in relation to the “Battle of Danny Boy” near Amara in 2004.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/mar/17/iraq-war-crimes-lawyer-phil-shiner-declared-bankrupt

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2768701/phil-shiner-iraq-war-tank-chaser-lawyer-bankrupt/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/18/phil-shiner-uk-police-confirm-criminal-investigation-into-iraq-human-rights-lawyer

Turkey: Joint letter of 8 UK and Irish Bars on arrested lawyers and judges

March 16, 2017

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352 lawyers were arrested since July 15, 2016

( Total 3⃣5⃣6⃣ arrested and 8⃣8⃣7⃣ under prosecution.)

UN/UK/The Netherlands: UN Side Event “The Independence of the Legal Profession”

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On 16th March 2017, the Law Society of England and Wales, in partnership with Lawyers for Lawyers, is organising a UN side event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The side event will focus on the topic of the independence of the legal profession worldwide. Lawyers from Turkey, Cameroon, and Azerbaijan will share their experiences, obstacles faced by members of  the legal profession in their respective countries, and possible ways to improve the safety of lawyers who work in challenging contexts.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr. Diego García-Sayán, will be the keynote speaker.

To register to this event or for more information, please find the relevant contacts in the attached leaflet.

The side event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/human-rights/news-and-events/un-side-event-the-independence-of-the-legal-profession/5060591.article

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12479/un-side-event-the-independence-of-the-legal-profession/

UK: Phil Shiner: Iraq human rights lawyer struck off over misconduct

February 2, 2017

Phil Shiner

The campaigning human rights lawyer Phil Shiner has been struck off as a solicitor after multiple professional misconduct charges were found proved against him, including dishonesty and lack of integrity.

The decision, made in his absence on Thursday, followed a two-day hearing at the solicitors disciplinary tribunal in central London.

Shiner was found guilty of 22 misconduct charges, several involving dishonesty. The tribunal found them proved to the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt. Two other charges were left to lie on the file.

Shiner was also ordered to pay for the full costs of the prosecution, starting with an interim downpayment of £250,000.

Shiner was also ordered to pay for the full costs of the prosecution, starting with an interim downpayment of £250,000.

The Birmingham lawyer led the pursuit of legal claims against British troops for their treatment of Iraqi detainees after the 2003 invasion.

Earlier courtroom victories over the case of Baha Mousa were followed by controversy around separate allegations, the most serious of which turned out to be wholly untrue.

Shiner claimed that UK soldiers had captured, tortured and murdered innocent Iraqi civilians after the so-called Battle of Danny Boy near Basra in 2004.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/02/iraq-human-rights-lawyer-phil-shiner-disqualified-for-professional-misconduct

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/02/disgraced-iraq-human-rights-lawyer-phil-shiner-accused-witch/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/phil-shiner-human-rights-lawyer-struck-off-charges-british-soldiers-troops-iraq-war-a7559221.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38841544