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Judicial Review

Members of our Chambers’ Criminal Judicial Review team are contributors to the leading practitioner textbook ‘Criminal Judicial Review’ (Hart Publishing). The book’s General Editor is Piers Von Berg who is a Door Tenant at The 36 Group.

The team’s members have deep knowledge of this highly specialised field, which requires a combination of knowledge and experience of both the criminal courts and public and administrative law.

Members of the team advise and appear in the Administrative Court and the Divisional Court in claims for judicial review that relate to:

  • The Police
  • The Crown Prosecution Service
  • The Magistrates’, Crown and Coroners’ Courts
  • The Prison Service and Probation Service
  • Statutory bodies such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and the Legal Aid Agency
  • Claimants who are children, young persons or have mental health disorders
  • The international dimension, including extradition proceedings and European Arrest Warrants and EU criminal law.

About Us

  • Kathryn Howarth, James McLernon, David Ball, Saoirse Townshend and Florence Iveson are authors and contributors to the leading textbook ‘Criminal Judicial Review’ (Hart Publishing)
  • Kathryn Howarth has worked at international criminal tribunals, including the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the State Court for Bosnia & Herzegovina. Between, 2008 – 2012, she was trial and then appellate counsel for the prosecution in The Hague, on the case against Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia. She examined witnesses during the prosecution and defence cases and drafted numerous pleadings before Trial and the Appellate chamber’s of the Court. Kathryn regularly conducts lectures and training in relation to international criminal law, including its domestic application.
  • David Ball before coming to the Bar worked at Liberty. There, he worked on a number of test cases pending variously before the High Court, the House of Lords, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. David was awarded an EU scholarship by the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies and was an intern at the Public Interest Litigation Clinic in Missouri, assisting in appeals for defendants on death row. He has recently advised an international charity on cases pending before the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Court of Justice for the Economic Community of West African States. He is currently working for the Serious Fraud Office in a complex multi-jurisdictional case involving suspected international corporate corruption where he is advising and assisting in various applications for international mutual legal assistance.
  • Emilie Pottle, in terms of her international criminal law work, is junior counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of Agnes Taylor for offences of torture carried out during the first Liberian Civil War. She was part of the team defending Saif Gaddafi before the International Criminal Court. She has acted in cases before the ICTY and ICTR and advises NGOs and governments on matters of international criminal law and conducts training on the prosecution of international crimes for lawyers and judges internationally.
  • Saoirse Townshend compliments her practice with her passion for international human rights work. This began as a legal researcher at the Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade and advising in the foreign policy department in Washington D.C. for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Adapting her advocacy skills from the court-room to the field, Saoirse is regularly posted on OSCE election monitoring missions in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. Saoirse has acted as pro-bono counsel in refugee camps in Chios, Greece where she represented Syrian refugees at hearings which would determine whether they would be deported to Turkey following the EU-Turkey deal.
  • Florence Iveson’s strong interest in judicial proceedings relating to international crime has lead to her working on a complex multi–jurisdictional case for the Serious Fraud Office involving possible international corporate corruption.

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