Appeal due to ‘incompetent’ representation (appeal refused)

Near-zero accountability.
Santa, We’d love to see incompetent and corrupt family law counsel dragged over the coals next. Or held to account at the very least.

suesspiciousminds

I think we’re all familiar from American movies and TV shows with the concept that you can overturn the result of a legal case if your representation was so poor that it resulted in a mistrial. It’s actually very rare in England. This is a criminal case where the person convicted of his wife’s murder sought to appeal on exactly that basis.

I’d best make it clear from the outset that the Court of Appeal decided that the representation was not sufficiently incompetent to make the conviction unsafe, but they did have quite a lot to say about it and suggested that the Bar Standards Board take a look at the case. I will absolutely stress that as a result, the Court of Appeal have made NO findings about Mr Wolkind QC’s conduct or competency, and the Bar Standards Board have not even considered the case yet. So I am…

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