Katherine Buckle

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QEB News: Judgement handed down in Privy Council hearing regarding the death sentence for "intellectually disabled" defendants.
23.03.2017 More >

QEB News: Katherine Buckle is part of the legal team appearing in the two day Privy Council hearing of Hernandez and Pitman v State of Trinidad and Tobago.
17.05.2016 More >

QEB News: QEB members win Trading Standards award
30.6.2015 More >

QEB News: Katherine Buckle warns that the ECJ decision in Anbouba raises significant concerns for those doing business in countries subject to sanctions
30.4.2015 More >

QEB News: SFO Corruption Case Against Victor Dahdaleh Collapses.
12.12.2013 More >

QEB News: New Tenants
7.2.2013 More >

Katherine Buckle: Notable case

SFO -v- Dahdaleh (2013)

While seconded to Norton Rose Fulbright, Katherine Buckle was part of the legal team representing British-Canadian businessman Victor Dahdaleh, who was acquitted on 10th December 2013 at Southwark Crown Court of charges relating to allegations of multi-million dollar corruption in Bahrain.

The Serious Fraud Office has come under fire after the prosecution collapsed in the sixth week of trial. Mr Dahdaleh was indicted under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1908 for conspiracy to corrupt, in relation to payments made between 1998 and 2006 to the Bahraini Minister for Oil and the CEO of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (of which the Government of Bahrain owned the majority shareholding).

Problems arose when the SFO case manager admitted in cross-examination that he had delegated his disclosure duties in Bahrain to US law firm Akin Gump. Akin Gump were also Mr Dahdaleh's opponents in a hotly contested, ongoing civil action in the US. After two critical witnesses from Akin Gump refused to attend court to be questioned about their disclosure role, the judge required the prosecution to consider their position. Following a two-day adjournment, the SFO offered no further evidence against Mr Dahdaleh and the judge directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty on all eight counts.

Notable cases:

Pitman and Hernandez v State of Trinidad and Tobago (Privy Council)
Appeals against sentence of death

R v Swash (2015)
Successful abuse of process relating to misconduct in public office

Italy v Riva (2015)
Extradition

SFO -v- Dahdaleh (2013)
Corruption allegations (acquittal)

Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry (2013)
Public Inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

R v Kolanole, McCalla, Grant (2012) (2012)
Gangland shooting of five-year-old

Popovic et al (2009)
War crimes relating to massacre in Srebrenica, former Yugoslavia

Articles:

Katherine Buckle warns that the ECJ decision in Anbouba raises significant concerns for those doing business in countries subject to sanctions
Risks of doing business in sanctioned countries. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Public Law. 28.4.2015

Katherine Buckle co-authors article on the Consumer Rights Bill, 'A Buyer's Market?, published in Trading Standards Today
14.1.2015

Consent of the principal: effect under the Bribery Act 2010
Katherine Buckle studies the decision ruled by the Court of Appeal on whether the prosecution, in bringing a case under secti 27.3.2014