TRIAL BY JURY IN FRAUD CASES:ARE CHANGES DESIRABLE?

Wednesday 7 October, 6-7.30pm

Please join us for a debate on this topic. We are delighted that Mukul Chawla QC will chair our panel of stellar speakers: Professor Cheryl Thomas QC, David Corker and James Hines QC. Each will bring their own perspective to this hot topic and the debate promises to be lively.

The event is open to all current members of the FLA and the YFLA, and will be held remotely – please email the Administrator if you would like to sign up and you will be sent a link. There will be the means and opportunity to pose your own questions.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you.

Mukul Chawla QC
Mukul has been a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for the last two years, heading its White Collar Team. He advises corporates and individuals in relation to all aspects touching upon financial crime. Prior to that, he was Head of Chambers at Foundry Chambers, formerly 9-12 Bell Yard. Called in 1983, he was appointed Standing Counsel to HMCE in 1996 and took Silk in 2001. Throughout that time, he regularly appeared in fraud and corruption trials both defending and prosecuting. These have included the Jubilee Line fraud and corruption trial, LIBOR and the first contested trial of failure to prevent bribery. He has also conducted what were essentially fraud trials relating to VAT repayments before the Tax Tribunals and corruption trials in International Arbitrations in London and the United States.

Professor Cheryl Thomas QC
Professor Cheryl Thomas QC is the country’s leading expert on juries and judges. As Director of the UCL Jury Project and UCL Judicial Institute she has been conducting groundbreaking empirical research with actual juries at the Crown Court in England and Wales for over 15 years. Her research has shown that jurors are remarkably representative of the local area; that juries are efficient, effective and fair; and that jury service has a transformational impact on members of the public. Her landmark study Are Juries Fair? dispelled myths about juries, finding that all-White juries do not discriminate against ethnic minority defendants, and that juries convict more often than they acquit in rape cases. Her research for the Lammy Review showed that the one stage in the criminal justice process where BAME individuals are not disproportionately treated is when a jury reaches a verdict. Her most recent research on juror contempt has led to the adoption of the Juror Notice in all jury trials; and her research on juror bias in sexual offences case has revealed that most serving jurors do not believe rape myths and stereotypes.

David Corker
During the late 1970’s David worked part time as an “outdoor clerk” covering Crown Court trials in London. After doing a Master in Socio-Legal studies he joined the Met and served as a PC for three years around Victoria station. After doing his “articles” at a firm in Soho doing contracts and civil litigation, David joined Peters & Peters in 1990. A decade later on the same day that the Human Rights Act was implemented, David founded his own firm now Corker Binning. Twenty years on David’s work is a mixture of fraud and mainstream criminal work with a dose of regulatory. This year his diet has been a clutch of SFO investigations, several account freezing orders and acting for people being prosecuted for corporate manslaughter, terrorism and perverting the course of justice.

James Hines QC
James Hines QC of 3 Raymond Buildings acts in major international fraud, crime and extradition cases, both prosecuting and defending. James recently returned from a year in the Cayman Islands assisting the DPP with the Island’s response to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. Between November 2019 and March 2020, he prosecuted 5 defendants in the Cayman Grand Court in relation to smuggling $7m of raw Venezuelan gold as an exercise in Money Laundering. James has acted in numerous SFO, FCA and CMA cases. For 25 years he exclusively appeared for the defence. In April 2015 he was instructed by the SFO to lead for the prosecution in the US$ LIBOR trial of Barclay employees. In crime he has acted in all areas including corruption, murder, robbery, and drugs. He has advised and acted in private prosecutions and for some years was outside criminal counsel for the Microsoft Corporation. Notable clients include ‘the Nat West three’ and Silvio Berlusconi (by live television link to his trial in Milan). Recognised as a Leading silk in International Crime Extradition in Legal 500 2020.
Called to the Bar 1982, Silk 2015. Bar Council Ethics Committee, Vice chair (crime).