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TGC Inquest & Inquiries Newsletter – Second Issue, November 2021

24th November 2021

Welcome to the second edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication, containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.

Our previous edition, published in March 2021, was published one year on from the first Covid-19 national lockdown, which had a huge impact on
inquests and public inquiries alike. At that time, inquests and inquiries were tentatively starting again, albeit with social distancing and additional technology measures. Now many inquests and inquiries are going ahead in person (or with hybrid in person/video link arrangements).

As such, it has been a busy few months for the Inquests and Inquiries team at Temple Garden Chambers. We were delighted to see that our recent work in this area has been rewarded with Chambers being promoted to a Band 1 ranking set for Inquests & Public Inquiries in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Rankings 2022, with a number of individuals being ranked individually, namely Andrew O’Connor QC, Cathryn McGahey QC, David Barr QC, Dominic Adamson
QC, Keith Morton QC, Nicholas Moss QC and Fiona Canby. All of these individuals were also ranked in the Legal 500 for Inquests and Inquiries, alongside Sian Reeves. We congratulate all members of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries team on this brilliant news.

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Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad file criminal complaints in Sweden, Norway, France and Turkey under the applicable universal jurisdiction laws

23rd November 2021

Rodney Dixon QC acting on behalf of Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad, who were arbitrarily detained and tortured in the UAE, has filed criminal complaints in Sweden, Norway, France, and Turkey where it is expected that one of the key suspects will travel. He is General Ahmed Naser Al Raisi who was the Inspector General in the UAE Ministry of Interior at the time of the detentions. He is currently running to be the next President of Interpol.

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Rhys Davies writes in the Times Newspaper on the use of Magnitsky sanctions

18th November 2021

Rhys Davies authors an opinion piece in the Times today concerning the use of sanctions to target high profile individuals responsible for corruption and human rights abuses.

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