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Chambers of William Clegg QC

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Within Crime, 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a first tier set,

2 Bedford Row fields ‘quality tenants from top to bottom’. Highly regarded head of chambers William Clegg QC is a leading criminal defence practitioner, and recently acted on the appeal of a British special forces soldier court-martialled and detained over the possession of a firearm, in R v Nightingale. Michael Wolkind QC has ‘a powerful intellect, which he can focus witheringly in both cross-examination and analysis’. Jim Sturman QC is ‘outstanding in his commitment and client care’, and Peter Lodder QC is noted for his ‘unrivalled court prowess, and ability to influence and persuade the jury’. Recommended juniors include Maria Dineen, ‘an exceptional advocate’ who is ‘always meticulously prepared’; Christine Agnew, a ‘superb and eloquent jury advocate’; and Dean George .

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Within Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture), 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a first tier set,

2 Bedford Row is ‘probably the leading criminal fraud set in the country’. The ‘sensationalJim Sturman QC operates at ‘the highest level’, and William Clegg QC is ‘the doyen of the criminal Bar’. Richard Kovalevsky QC has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’, particularly in relation to the Bribery Act. Peter Lodder QC’s attention to detail is ‘unrivalled’, and Mark Milliken-Smith QC’s friendly approach ‘puts clients at ease’. Other well-respected figures include Stephen Ferguson, who focuses on defence work, and Timothy Kendal, who is ‘a class act’. The set recently lost Alison Pople to Cloth Fair Chambers, but gained the ‘mindblowingly experiencedAshraf Khan from 23 Essex Street.

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Within Health and safety, 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a third tier set,

2 Bedford Row is primarily a defence set, but saw an increase in prosecution work in 2012. Richard Matthews QCnever disappoints’, and is often first choice for ‘serious and complex matters’; he acts as a prosecutor for the HSE, and is acting for the London Borough of Southwark on the inquest into the Lakanal House fire. The ‘very personableShauna Ritchie is ‘a very good team player’, and acted in several asbestos exposure and railway fatality cases. ‘One of the brightest juniors at the Bar’, Eleanor Sanderson is noted for her knowledge of fire safety law.

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Within Media, entertainment and sport, 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a third tier set,

2 Bedford Row’s Jim Sturman QC is ‘one of the most trusted silks for sports work’, and successfully represented Mohammed Bin Hammam in his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Mark Milliken-Smith QC is also recommended for his ‘impressive’ handling of regulatory and disciplinary matters. ‘Rising starJamas Hodivala is ‘knowledgeable and easy to work with’.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law), 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a third tier set,

2 Bedford Row is home to Ian Stern QC, who is recommended ‘as much for his cheerful, easy charm as his “tiger-like” advocacy skills’. Mark Milliken-Smith QC is ‘a formidable opponent in regulatory and disciplinary matters’, and is ‘very bright and diligent, with an approach that can really add value’. Rising star Sandesh Singh is ‘an incredibly diligent junior’, who ‘continuously impresses with his intellectual agility and enthusiasm for this area of law’.

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    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
  • Penningtons Manches' immigration team considers new changes to the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance

    The Home Office has recently published new Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, version 12/13. This guidance is to be used by all prospective and existing Tier 4 sponsors from 11 December 2013.
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    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

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