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Look out for "OPERATION INVICTUS".
“7 Bedford Row”.
And, indeed, it’s a very impressive looking outfit – judging from their website.
Lots and lots of terribly learned individuals – with very impressive CV’s.
And some most fascinating case-work on those CVs.
But – oh dear, boys and girls - I fear you’ve grown far too used to keeping very bad company.
I dare say that 7 Bedford Row and its Partners and Associates – and it’s “Door tenants” (hello Stephen) – are all legal masterminds, but – alas – the law – and politics – are not always the same thing – and don’t always mix successfully.
I begin to wonder whether 7 Bedford Row might not have just found itself ‘on the wrong side’. (Look, I know there is no ‘wrong side’ from a lawyer’s perspective, as long as that side is paying, but work with me on this.)
Indeed , so much so, the very name ‘7 Bedford Row’ could go down in legal firm infamy.
Let us take a closer look – at these “independent” chambers – employed by the Jersey oligarchy – to provide “independent” “opinions” on whether to prosecute the child abusers.
A little brief research reveals the following.
7 Bedford Row have extremely close and sustained professional relationships with Jersey’s Attorney General’s Office.
Each year the outfit and/or its partners receive astronomical sums of money in fees from Jersey’s Law Officers’ department – thus destroying any pretence to objectivity and “independence” claimed for the chambers.
How old is the connection with 7 Bedford Row?
How close can you get?
Michael Birt worked at the partnership of 7 Bedford Row – and to this day can be seen regularly dinning (at tax-payers’ expense) with David Farrer, the present head of chambers at 7 Bedford Row.
Guess who else used to work at 7 Bedford Row?
Why – none other than my old friend, Stephen Baker – who left those chambers to take up a full-time post in – this is getting too easy isn’t it – Jersey’s AG’s office – until he had qualified as a Jersey Advocate, then he left, and founded his own practice – Baker Platt.
And – so “independent” are all these arrangements – that another former employee of the AG’s office – Cyril Whelan – left in 2006 – to go and work for – Baker Platt.
And – (you know, this is getting like Friends Reunited) – guess who – along with Mick Birt – played an instrumental role in abandoning the murder investigation of Nurse M – back in 1999?
When he was a Crown Advocate?
Why, Cyril Whelan, of course.
I’m sure Advocate Whelan has been able to advise Advocate Baker most thoroughly in respect of the latter’s prosecution of me for exposing the serial killer, Nurse M.
I’m sure such a learned fellow as Advocate Whelan must remember aspects of the investigation, some of which are so startling, one couldn’t, surely, forget?
When Advocate Whelan left the Attorney General’s office – to go and work in Baker Platt in 2006, a new lawyer was brought in to replace him, one Howard Sharp.
Do we know where Mr. Sharp came from? Yes we do!
7 Bedford Row.
What may be a little less known is where Mr. Sharp is going – which is widely rumoured to be the post of Solicitor General – much to the annoyance of several Jersey lawyers.
I think we’ve established – quite categorically – that – in no way, shape or form – can 7 Bedford Row be credibly termed “independent” of the Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
A veritable Amazon-flow of fees – Jersey tax-payers money – goes to 7 Bedford Row each year – and those who tire of the - err – taxation environment of London appear to have ready-made career opportunities in Jersey – via an ever-welcoming door in the Attorney General’s Office.
But – our familiarisation with this legal fraternity has scarcely begun.
Another alumni of 7 Bedford Row is one Mathew Jowitt – who left those chambers to work in – Jersey’s AG’s Office. However, his time there had to be cut, unfortunately, short because of his role in the illegal aspects of the Curtis Warren case, which saw the AG’s office authorising illegal actions in France and Belgium.
Illegal actions Bill Bailhache was - oh so very neatly – able to blame the police for – even though his Office authorised it.
But, when a chap has to make a sacrifice – as Jowitt did – a chap must be rewarded – so he has been appointed Crown Advocate in an on-going prosecution – the investigations for which are under the control and oversight of - David Farrer and Anwar Nashashibi – both of - 7 Bedford Row.
In all seriousness – I pause at this point to ask readers – perhaps especially those who usually disagree with me – to consider rationally – and in all decency – whether - for one instant – the non-prosecution decisions concerning the child abuse cases can be regarded as safe and credible?
The so-called “independent” UK-based legal chambers – which have provided William Bailhache with the “opinions” and excuses he required to avoid prosecuting at least nineteen cases of child abuse – are – in fact – extraordinarily closely linked with the Jersey AG’s office – appear to be almost a part of the same “firm” – serve as a career ‘feeder’ into Jersey law - and gather what may well be millions of pounds in fees each year from Jersey tax-payers.
Fees that would not accrue – if the chambers – 7 Bedford Row – were to fall out of favour with the Jersey oligarchy.
And what appears to be the dramatic dependency of 7 Bedford Row upon fees received from Jersey does not stop at the cases I’ve referred to so far.
Let me just touch briefly upon a few further examples – quoted in Partners’ CVs on the web site of 7 Bedford Row.
Anwar Nashashibi: -
“Instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey to investigate a Kenyan public official for corruption and money laundering worth millions of pounds;”
“AG of Jersey v Michel and Gallichan. Instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey to investigate and prosecute a financial services provider for multi-million pound tax evasion and money laundering. This was Jersey’s most extensive, complex and high-profile prosecution for a financial crime;”
Conor Dufficy: -
“Conor has a broad international business experience from his prior career and has spent a large part of his career at the bar working on civil fraud and trust cases in Jersey.”
Craig Carr: -
“Craig specialises in civil and criminal fraud, financial crime and regulation. He is currently instructed in the largest criminal fraud in Jersey having previously been instructed in a multi jurisdictional commercial trust dispute.”
“AG of Jersey v Bhojwani: trial concerning allegations of laundering US$ 43.9 million through Jersey.”
David O'Mahony: -
“He has worked with Bakerplatt - our 7 Bedford Row Alliance partner - in a number of cases involving civil claims by foreign governments for the return of allegedly misappropriated monies and on a multimillion dollar constructive trust action involving the proceeds of a hedge fund.”
“Re Abacha: Responsible for day-to-day management of Jersey Attorney General's investigation into Abacha's money laundering. “AG of Jersey v Bagudu: (Abacha's chief money launderer), US$ 320 million prosecution, and appeared for the Attorney General for Jersey in extradition proceedings.”
Nicholas Dean QC: -
“Operation Tetley (2001- 2003): a Jersey based investigation into “commission” payments by defence contactors.”
Jonathan Bertram: -
“In 2008 he was instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey, via Baker Platt to act as junior counsel to assist in the preparation of and disclosure in the prosecutions arising from the Jersey Historic Abuse enquiry “Haut de la Garenne”.
He has experience of cases concerning allegations of breaches of financial regulations and allegations of fraud, primarily obtained from his occasional practice in Jersey with Baker Platt.”
Nigel Povoas: -
“In Jersey, he has advised on multi-jurisdictional financial issues and has been regularly instructed in an advisory capacity by the Attorney General of Jersey.”
David Farrer QC: -
“AG of Jersey v Michel & Gallichan [2001-2007]: a multi-million pound money laundering by a trust and corporate services provider.”
Steven Gray: -
“Durant International and others v Attorney General of Jersey  - Instructed to assist the Attorney General of Jersey in judicial review proceedings regarding a decision to disclose information pursuant to letters of request from an overseas jurisdiction. The letters of request concerned alleged political corruption in the context of large-scale construction contracts. Attorney General successful at first instance and in the Court of Appeal.”
Simon Thomas: -
“Simon has also worked closely with Bakerplatt and the Attorney General’s department in Jersey where he has been involved in financial crime cases with an international element, again, both prosecuting and defending. Work in offshore financial centres comprises a significant part of Simon’s practice.”
Collingwood Thompson QC: -
“Recently, Collingwood has been advising the Attorney General of Jersey on two large scale corruption and money laundering cases. The first concerned the ex-mayor of Sao Paulo in Brazil and the second (which is on-going), relates to relatives and associates of the late general Abacha of Nigeria. Both cases involve sums in excess of $250 million.”
Tom Elmer: -
“Instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey to assist in the investigation of an international money laundering case.”
And so it goes on.
And if those links to the Barristers of 7 Bedford Row were not enough – consider what are termed the “Door tenants”.
Stephan Baker – the Advocate who has committed at least 4 straightforward acts of perjury in his prosecution of me. Ex-Bedford Row; ex-Jersey AG’s Office; now of Baker Platt.
Cyril Whelan – ex-Jersey AG’s Office – now Baker Platt.
Howard Sharp – ex-7 Bedford Row, presently Jersey AG’s Office, and widely tipped to become next Jersey Solicitor General, if the poor treatment meted out to the Jersey based applicants is any gauge.
To the best of my knowledge – you would be very, very hard-put to find any major legal case in Jersey from the last decade - in which 7 Bedford Row have not played a significant, or the major, role.
So this is the source of the soi disant “independent” legal advice and opinion – that the Jersey abuse survivors, the island’s population – and the world – are supposed to accept as credible grounds for not prosecuting nearly all the Jersey child abuse cases?
Cases that would have been immensely damaging and problematic for the Jersey oligarchy – and its leaders – such as Michael Birt and William Bailhache?
7 Bedford Row, as an entity, clearly has a stranglehold over the Jersey Law Officers’ department - and its Barristers are plainly drawing mind-boggling amounts of money from Jersey tax-payers for case-work – not to mention the, no doubt, huge fees or retainers paid to members of these chambers in an advisory role to the Jersey AG.
Just how many Jersey cases has 7 Bedford Row been involved in?
Over what period of time?
Who, as individual lawyers, have been involved?
What “advisory” services have been provided by members of these chambers?
What have been the individual case-fees?
What is the total sum of money to date – spent by Jersey tax-payers on employing the lawyers of 7 Bedford Row and associates?
What is the likely value of future “business” from Jersey?
Have all business transactions between the States of Jersey and 7 Bedford Row been fully compliant with the Public Finances Law?
Given the immense sums of money flowing from Jersey tax-payers to 7 Bedford Row and its various members – and the residency and career doorway into Jersey provided by the Attorney General’s Office – and the extremely cosy and mutually beneficial relationship with private practice in Jersey – such as that of Baker Platt – can the “work” of 7 Bedford Row be regarded as objective, impartial - and safe?
The answer to that last question is no – of course it cannot be regarded – for one instant – as safe.
Plainly – what has been unmasked here is a profoundly toxic and deeply unhealthy relationship.
A set of financial and personal conflicts of interest so brazen and extreme – every prosecution decision advised upon by anyone involved with 7 Bedford Row must now be discarded.
All of the cases reported by the police in the course of the historic child abuse investigation must be re-opened.
But – who could oversee and determine such a necessary exercise? Certainly no one involved with Jersey’s Law Officers’ department.
What we see evidenced above, represents nothing less than the stark reality of a breakdown in good governance, the rule of law and good administration of justice.
The very circumstances in which London has both the power – and the duty – to intervene.
But – for mystifying reasons – London always seems reluctant to do so.
Perhaps Whitehall retain 7 Bedford Row too?
And that’s not even a joke.
But – the circumstances for intervention could be far easier for London this time.Let’s face it – when your two most recent and senior Crown appointees in Jersey – Bailiff Michael Birt – and Deputy Bailiff William Bailhache – both have to announce their resignation during the coming weeks – it furnishes you with an ideal opportunity to finally clean the stables.
But – no matter that the Jersey oligarchs and their crooked regime will probably continue to enjoy the inexplicable and mind-boggling protections of London and the FACAWs – what cannot be protected any longer – because it is smashed forever – destroyed by citizen media – and our ability to share the evidence above – is the “reputation” of these clowns and their institutions.
Henceforward – there will be no hiding from, nor escaping the fact that whenever London supports and protects the Jersey oligarchy – actually – all that is being supported, in truth, is a small claque of self-interested, dangerous and frankly inadequate individuals – who are nothing more than a stain upon the good name of the Crown.
Serial killers – not prosecuted.
Child abusers – not prosecuted.
Concealers of child abuse – not prosecuted.
Criminal conspiracies against child protection – not prosecuted.
Corrupt civil servants – not prosecuted.
Bent judges and Crown Advocates – not prosecuted.
Criminal conspiracies by civil servants against democracy – not prosecuted.
The Jersey oligarchy – and its protectors: rotten, twisted, stagnant and decadent.
Given lawyers feature so heavily in this posting, it seems apposite to finish with some Latin:
Quod erat demonstrandum.
- prosecution junior in education grant fraud involving 18 defendants.
- defence junior in large corruption case prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office;
- prosecution junior in 6 handed fraudulent trading case involving vehicle brokerages
- defence junior representing estate agent charged with substantial mortgage fraud;
- prosecution junior on a series of prosecutions involving VAT fraud and related large scale car-ringing.
- prosecution junior in six-month banking and property fraud case
- Defence brief in mobile phone fraud, prosecuted by the Post Office and investigated by T-Mobile, involving charges under the Telecommunications Act 1984.
- defended a bookkeeper charged with theft of around £40,000 from employer
- prosecuted a bank employee charged with theft in excess of £40,000
- evidence gathering from overseas by way of Letters of Request for Mutual assistance and related appearances in the Princely Court of Liechtenstein;
- closely working with forensic accountants and fraud investigators;
- obtaining orders freezing assets overseas, in particular in the Republic of Ireland, Liechtenstein and the Isle of Man;
- High Court appearances in London successfully resisting a challenge to the validity of an extra-jurisdictional arrest warrant;
- obtaining the extradition of one defendant from Spain;
- the application for the enforcement of a £3.5m confiscation order.
- prosecution junior in murder case arising out of an incident following a So Solid Crew event
- prosecution junior in case of serial rapist/sexual offender
- prosecution junior in case of gross negligence manslaughter against a mechanic
- prosecution junior in manslaughter case in which the defendant drove his children over a cliff
- defence brief in 18 handed conspiracy to supply heroin/cannabis case
- defended alleged drug dealer on an indictment including a substantial amount of money laundering offences
- prosecuted police officer in case arising out of Operation Ore
- acted for the prosecution in case referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
- Regularly prosecutes animal welfare cases for the RSPCA
- Experienced in defending cases brought by the Environment Agency
- Has prosecuted on behalf of the Maritime Coastguard Agency in relation to the unsafe operation of ships
- Has been instructed in Health and Safety and Trading Standards prosecutions
- Undertakes advisory work on behalf of accountants and others in the regulated sector in relation to their obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act
- Experienced in attending police searches and advising on privileged material
- cash seizures under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;
- applications for Sexual Offences Prevention Orders
- applications for Football Banning Orders (part of a dedicated team retained throughout the World Cup and other international overseas matches)
- applications for closure orders
- R v. Doyle: defence junior representing senior partner of an accountancy firm charged with stealing millions of pounds worth of client funds
- AG v. Blatchly and Adams: instructed for the defence in alleged £2.5m VAT fraud in the Isle of Man - prosecuted in Jersey. The case was dropped when the defence through forensic computer evidence raised serious issues over the integrity of certian key documents.
- R v. Sturnham: prosecution junior in case of "single punch" manslaughter
- Re C Trust:instructed on behalf of trustees to obtain the release of trust funds effectively frozen in Jersey pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime legislation. The release of those funds was obtained
- Environment Agency v. CW Ltd.: represented defendant company in prosecution alleging breach of regulations governing the export of recyclable waste
- R v. Hall; R v. Morris: defence brief in two separate and substantial money-laundering cases
- R v. F: represented defendant charged with arson in a case involving issues under s37 and s41 of the Mental Health Act 1983
- Police v. MM: acted for Metropolitan Police in civil application for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order under the Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Grade 4 prosecutor - Midland & South Eastern Circuits
- CPS approved rape prosecutor
- Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
- Midland Circuit
- South Eastern Circuit
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Your comment about the AG being head of the Honorary Police may help explain to readers one other strange set of coincidences which I experienced and which I have related previously. In the five years before the Historic Abuse enquiry I was stopped by the HP on only one occasion. Shortly after the enquiry started I was stopped several times on spurious grounds. The ‘stops’ did not occur when I swopped to my wife’s car, but restarted when I reverted again to my own. On one occasion the person stopping me made an untrue and malicious allegation which the AG took no time in bringing to my attention and suggested I apologise and that I had damaged confidence in professional policing among the HP. When I supplied the true facts along with the details of the series of stops and followed it up with a letter and e mails making a formal complaint, all correspondence about the matter stopped. I still await the courtesy of a reply to any of the letters or e mails I sent to the AG about the matter." End