Renowned and "massively experienced" practitioner who is noted for his efforts in various high-profile ICL matters including those relating to human rights, war crimes and genocide. He has recently handled cases stemming from the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Interviewees praise his "very effective cross-examination" and his "ability to run a thorough and meticulous case."
Strengths: "Wears his learning very lightly, is personable and charming in court, and is loved by judges and clients. Even his opponents like and respect him a great deal. When he says something in court, there is no basis to doubt it – he is utterly trusted by everyone in court." "The work he does is remarkable but he remains down to earth and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Prosecutor versus Yanukovych, a case regarding the crimes committed against protestors by the Ukrainian government between November 2013 and February 2014.
A "dedicated" and "very accomplished strategist" who attracts praise for his deep knowledge of international criminal law. He has spent a considerable amount of time representing individuals accused of genocide and crimes against humanity before the ICTR, and continues to be instructed by Rwandans facing similar charges. He has also appeared before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague.
Strengths: "Very level-headed and composed, he has a great deal of experience which he brings to bear when formulating his strategic decisions." "He works very hard and is a careful and precise advocate. He has a nice, charming style and is able to make his points succinctly."
Recent work: Acted for Jovica Stanišić who was charged with persecution, murder and deportation as crimes against humanity, and of war crimes, arising out of the conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina in the early 1990s. The case was heard in the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.
A junior praised for the depth of her knowledge of international criminal law, who has a keen comprehension of ECHR jurisprudence. Market sources note her tenacity and hard working approach.
Strengths: "Very attentive and willing to go the extra mile. She is able to work to tight timescales and is not afraid of good old hard graft."
Recent work: Acted for the former Prefét of Butare, Nteziryayo, one of the six co-accused in the longest international criminal trial in history. The Appeals Chamber ordered a substantial reduction to sentence resulting in Nteziryayo’s release in 2016, 18 years after his initial arrest.