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Chambers of William McCormick QC

13 ELY PLACE, LONDON, EC1N 6RY, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7400 9600
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Fax 020 7400 9630
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291 CHANCERY LANE
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Ronald Thwaites QC

Tel:
Work 020 7400 9600
Email:
Ely Place Chambers (Chambers of William McCormick QC)

Position

There are only a handful of top advocates in every generation and Ronald Thwaites is recognised as one of them. He has covered a wide spectrum of work and he has specialised in high profile and complex cases of all kinds. He originally forged a strong reputation in heavyweight criminal work but made a successful transition to civil work with particular emphasis of defamation, privacy and media work. He has also appeared for the police in major public inquiries, inquests and civil actions against them as well as in health and safety prosecutions where he has represented several Commissioners of the Metropolis. In addition he regularly acts for public utilities and occasionally acts for private clients in crime. He is a versatile practitioner, equally at home acting in an advisory or consulting capacity as he is when in court determining strategy and fighting cases to a finish. Cases to mention: defamation: Dr Serrano v Associated Newspapers (2014); Cairns v Modi (2012); Elton John v The Times (2012); Thornton v Daily Telegraph (2011). Utilities: Cases for BT ( various, ongoing); R v Southern Water CA 2014. Crime: R v Smith (arson, St Albans CC) 2014. Police: Fitzgerald, Wilkey & TBWSolsv Commissioner of Police of Metropolis [2012] EWHC 12 (Admin) (malicious prosecution).

Career

Called 1970; Silk 1987. Ronald had a mixed common law practice for first seven years at the Bar after which he concentrated on crime for the next ten years. After he took Silk he branched out into defamation and built a practice in that field as well as health and safety and other regulatory work and have also acted for a number of different police forces in civil cases mainly involving malicious prosecutions but also inquests and public inquiries.

Education

Richard Hind Secondary Technical School (Stockton-on-Tees); Kingston College of Technology, LL.B (external London) 1968.

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