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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:54 pm

santacoloma wrote:Thanks for your views. Of course, Mr Tudor only had to show that Express Newspapers had libelled the McCanns, or in fact not even that. He only had to frighten EN into believing that they were on a loser. Since Mr T is an expert in defamation law, I assume it will not be he who defends the McCs when their case comes to court. So the considerations our experts have outlined above will apply, but to somebody else.


Tudor would only be working for the McCanns on more libel lawsuits, santacoloma. The lawyers with Kingsley Napley will be handling their defence as stated in the OP at:

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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby kerry » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:29 pm

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Many thanks, kerry.

No, I'd be happy for posters to use this list, when writing to the media. I have never understood why the press has never reported in one place all of this incredible legal power assembled for the McCanns. In summaries of the case even on blogs, one usually only sees four lawyers named: Caplan, McBride, de Abreu, and Alves. Reporters were impressed with that lineup, but they had forgetten about all the other lawyers brought into this troubling case. The exception, of course, being last week, when Tudor came to the public eye over the libel lawsuit.
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Many thanks, Hawkeyes 1. If I get a reply I'll post it.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby kerry » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:50 pm

Hi all,
I've just sent this to Carole Malone at the Mirror, I'll let you know if I get a reply. Hawkeyes 1 gave permission.
[
b]Hi Carole,
The info below has been researched by an internet forum poster, not myself, but you or your colleagues may find it interesting. It's impressive when it's set out, you must agree and to have such an illustrious collection of eagle beagles serving a couple who have yet to be charged with anything, well I'm just thankful I'm not paying the bill.
I'll write a little bit more at the bottom of this.[/b]

While we wait for the PJ to arrive in the UK, it is worthwhile looking at all of the lawyers, who have worked on the McCann Case to date:

The International Family Law Group
London specialist lawyers in child abduction and international family law, hired to set up Madeleine's Fund and receive non-Internet donations on behalf of the McCanns. "We regularly act for the Central Authority of the UK government. We have a specialist contact with the Legal Services Commission."

http://www.divorceaid.co.uk/legal/solic ... tional.htm

Their lawyers include:

Ann Thomas
Managing Partner of The International Family Law Group, who met with the McCanns in Portugal in early May to set up Madeleine's Fund. She set up The International Family Law Practice Group while at Ross & Craig, Solicitors. The aims of that group were:

ÔÇó To establish a network of law firms in Europe having a specialist family practice.
ÔÇó To be able to offer professional expertise to fellow members of LawNet (UK) and Eurojuris firms on a reciprocal basis.
ÔÇó To locate specialist mirror professionals in family law in other jurisdictions to act on an agency basis as and when required.
ÔÇó To be of assistance to fellow professionals with cross border issues in the field of family law.
ÔÇó To establish a Database of enquiry agents, notaries, process servers and Counsel.
ÔÇó To exchange information and advise fellow practitioners in respect of family law and enforcement in other jurisdictions.
ÔÇó To meet on at least two occasions each year (one being at the Eurojuris Congress).
ÔÇó To arrange specialist speakers to give seminars on topics relevant to family law practitioners.
ÔÇó To raise awareness of family law issues common to family practitioners within Europe.
ÔÇó To advise practitioners in other jurisdictions, as required, of the procedural requirements in respect family law cases.
ÔÇó To be of mutual benefit to family lawyers in our respective jurisdictions.

http://www.eurojuris.net/eng/pg-country ... eGroupId=7

David Hodson
Consultant at The International Family Law Group and a family practitioner with a top-class reputation, who is also a deputy district judge at the Principal Registry. He was responsible for drafting two press releases, including the important one announcing the formation of Madeleine's Fund at the football match in Leicester.

Lubna Shah
Partner and specialist in abduction cases at The International Family Law Group.

In addition, The International Family Law Group also used:

Michael Nicholls, QC
A family lawyer in the Official Solicitor's Office with chambers at 1 Hare Court, Temple; Head of Lord Chancellor's Child Abduction Unit 1983-1998; Member of the Family Justice Council's International Family Law Committee; Consultant to the Council of Europe's Family Law Committee; Chairman of Appeals Panels of the Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges (1997-2001); legal adviser to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's advisory group leading to "Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Saving treatment in Children - A Framework for Practice" (September, 1997).


Bates Wells & Braithwaite
London law firm, who filed the original trademark application for Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned with the UK's Intellectual Property Office for the McCanns in mid-May 2007. Amongst its specialties is its Charity Department, which is recognised as one of the two leading charity law practices in the country. It acts for many household names and international charities. It has particular expertise in obtaining charitable status for innovative organisations and for initiatives within the charity sector. The team provides extensive training on a variety of topics and has been responsible through the years for many books, articles, and other publications. Particularly noted within the last year has been the department's leading edge advice on social enterprise; and its close liaison with the DTI, its creation of the idea behind community interest company and its leading role in helping community sports organisations become charities.

Another department used for the trademarking of Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned would have been The IP/IT & Information Law Department, which has significant experience in advising clients on branding, domain name and internet issues, particularly in the context of electronic publishing and website services.


Kingsley Napley
A prestigious London-based UK law firm, retained by the McCanns for their defence. Ranked in Tier 1 of the Crime section of Chambers Commentary. This is a team which is "approachable and confidence-inspiring," according to clients. Kingsley Napley enjoys a reputation as one of the top white-collar crime firms, defending mostly private individuals against a range of criminal allegations. "Professional, reassuring and expensive - good advice does not come cheap," was the conclusion of one client. "They keep you well informed about what's going on," said another. The firm's senior partner John Harding covers the gamut of criminal offences from general crime and police station advice to serious fraud and business crime , often defending individuals against allegations of wrongdoing by government bodies. Christopher Murray has the sort of pedigree that makes a Crufts champion seem a mongrel: the current chairman of the Criminal Law Committee, he has particular expertise in white-collar crime and matters with an international element, such as mutual assistance. Angus McBride has particular expertise in dealing with the media and reputation management for high-profile individuals.

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/uk/r ... ar=1#22596

Their lawyers include:

Michael Caplan, QC
Partner of Kingsley Napley; best known for defending Chile's ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet and avoiding his extradition to Spain.

Angus McBride
A partner at Kingsley Napley; a $1,200-an-hour lawyer, specialising in high-profile cases; represented the former Clash guitarist Mick Jones over allegations arising from the Kate Moss cocaine affair; was also involved in the John Terry and Chris Langham cases.

Christopher Murray
Current chairman of the Criminal Law Committee, he has particular expertise in white-collar crime and matters with an international element, such as mutual assistance. With his expertise in the latter area, was probably used by the McCanns to delay the submission of the PJ's rogatory letters to the Leicestershire Police.


Carter-Ruck
London law firm specialising in defamation cases. Ranked in Band 1 of the Defamation/Reputation Management in Chambers Commentary. According to market commentators, "some of the toughest and brightest experts for defamation and libel are housed in this firm." Interviewees note that this "group of geniuses" provides "top-notch advice" on defamation, reputation management and privacy, predominantly acting for claimants. Interviewees also praise the team's "incredible panache" concerning work on behalf of regulatory bodies and governments. The firm has observed a steady increase in the volume of high-quality, fee paying and CFA defamation work....

The firm also advised former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno and Yvonne Clydesdale in their successful libel complaint against the publishers of The People newspaper, and succeeded in obtaining a privacy injunction against The Sun; the firm continues to represent Bruno in further actions concerning privacy and libel. Additional clients include Kent Messenger; Penguin Books; Boris Berezovsky; Elton John; numerous solicitors and Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens).

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/uk/r ... 0&solbar=1

Their lawyers include:

Adam Tudor
Partner at Carter-Ruck, specialising in defamation and media cases, as well as commercial litigation, representing both corporate and individual clients. He worked on the successful McCann settlement against Express Newspapers.


In Portugal
The defence includes:

Rogerio Alves
President of the Portuguese Bar Association in Lisbon.

Carlos Pinto de Abreu
A Portuguese lawyer, involved in high-profile cases, including the defence of leaders of the UGT in a fraud case with Fundo Social Europeu; presides over the Human Rights Commission of the Lawyer's Order. He filed the first libel lawsuit on behalf of the McCanns against the now defunct Portuguese weekly Tal & Qual; said he would provide his legal services free-of-charge.


Coordinator for all of the above law services for the McCanns:

Edward Smethurst
A commercial lawyer with glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, who was appointed to the Board of Madeleine's Fund in January 2008. He is the legal coordinator for the McCanns.


Consultants in the United States

Hurley, Burish & Stanton, Attorneys at Law
Law firm in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The UK lawyers of Gerry and Kate McCann consulted with the legal team for Eugene Zapata at Hurley, Burish & Stanton, Attorneys at Law, over "sniffer dog" evidence. Zapata is accused of murdering his estranged wife Jeanette in 1976. He was charged with murder in 2006 after dogs indicated that they sniffed human remains in the basement of the former family home in Madison, Wisconsin. But a judge ruled in August 2007 that the evidence was no more reliable than "the flip of a coin" and could not be put before a jury.

"The court papers, giving the legal submissions, are on their way to the McCann team for consideration," said the source close to the McCanns' solicitors. The McCanns are already preparing their defence in case they are charged with Madeleine's death.

The US attorneys, consulting with the UK legal team of the McCanns, were:

Stephen P. Hurley
With more than 35 years of practice provides clients with the background necessary to litigate complex cases, Hurley is highly regarded in Wisconsin for his expertise in criminal defense. His persuasive presentation in the courtroom and knowledge of the law make him an effective litigator for civil cases as well. He was nominated and elected by his peers to the American College of Trial lawyers.

Education:
University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, J.D.
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, B.A.

Bar Admissions:
Illinois
Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Dean Strang
Defending people accused of crimes in state and federal courts, Strang also has a broad appellate practice. Before joining the firm, he was the first Federal Defender in Wisconsin. He established and supervised offices in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. Prior to that experience as a public defender in federal court, he practiced for 15 years in Milwaukee.

In addition, Strang has offered oral argument in more than 20 appeals, including in the United States Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and three other federal circuits. He has briefed many more cases on appeal in both state and federal courts. In his second appearance in the United States Supreme Court, he was co-counsel and co-author of the respondent's brief in United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), the landmark decision that declared unconstitutional mandatory federal sentencing guidelines.

Strang is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. He has authored three law review articles and several shorter published articles. He was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 1994, and for well over a decade actively has opposed reinstatement of capital punishment in Wisconsin. In 2004, he was elected to the American Law Institute.

Education:
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, J.D.
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, A.B., cum laude

Bar Admissions:
Wisconsin
Minnesota (inactive non-resident)
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court District of Arizona
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

http://www.hbslawfirm.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... ddy117.xml



If you know of any other law firms involved with the case, please let me know, and I will add them to the list. There is one other known lawyer working on the case, but he is using his own money and does not appear to be working for the McCanns. He is:

Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia
A Madeira-based lawyer, who received a tip from the underworld that Madeleine's body had been thrown into the Barragem do Arade Reservoir. He funded the initial search of the reservoir and is now funding 50% of the current diving operation searching the Barragem do Arade Reservoir and Dam for Madeleine's body, along with SPEC, Lda of Portimão, who is funding the remaining 50%. At first, the McCanns were delighted with this news, but then later were said to be "furious" when they learned that divers were now requesting permission from the National Water Authority to search for "body parts" in channels near the dam.


Added a new Consultants in the United States section for the firm of Hurley, Burish & Stanton, Attorneys at Law, and their lawyers consulting with Kingsley Napley. Also lawyers Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia to the list, although he has not been retained by the McCanns to search for Madeleine; and Christopher Murray under Kingsley Napley. Also have corrected material under Angus McBride and have added additional material in the sections under Ann Thomas, Managing Partner of The International Family Law Group; Carter-Ruck; and Kingsley Napley.


[b]And then Carole we have Metodo 3, a Private Investigation Company that specialises in fraud and money laundering searching for Madeleine McCann. Guess who got the best deal?
Best of all, Carole the above are facts so if your paper printed them they couldn't be accused of libel
.[/b]

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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby bohhee » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:07 pm

As far as I know client do not need to tell lawyers of their guilt. Parallely,Lawyers do not need to know and will not ask. No matter lawyer's personal opinion they're paid to do a job. I was told by a lawyer friend that they actually prefer not to be told the truth because it gets in the way of their job.

I'd posed that question on "Whether the Lawyers know the truth" because I want to have posters opinion on such an unprecedented case. My own opinion is that these Lawyers have guessed at the truth.

What I have problem with is the psychology of the lawyers. What goes thru their mind defending doctors, people of the same social standing as them, of a crime as hideous as the harming of one's own blood? And, as if that is not enough, these perpetrators even go to manipulative length involving policitian, the rich and powerful, media and press in an attempt at cover up. Only to accumulate more offences of such a proportion never ever seen before.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby pike1 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:14 pm

Kerry [and HawkEyes1]
Well done!
I think you have chosen a reporter to consider this impressive list who is IMO already questioning things herself!!
From what I have seen of her she is not afraid of speaking her mind....whether she will be allowed to do so with regard to this case will be interesting to see!

THIS IS A CASE THAT WILL MAKE LEGAL HISTORY......THIS A CHILD WHO WILL SADLY MAKE HISTORY.......THERE WILL BE

THOSE WHO WANT TO BE A PART OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING!!
"Always tell the truth.That way you don`t have to remember what you said"[Mark Twain]

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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:30 pm

bohhee wrote: ...What I have problem with is the psychology of the lawyers. What goes thru their mind defending doctors, people of the same social standing as them, of a crime as hideous as the harming of one's own blood? And, as if that is not enough, these perpetrators even go to manipulative length involving policitian, the rich and powerful, media and press in an attempt at cover up. Only to accumulate more offences of such a proportion never ever seen before.


It is hard to imagine, bohhee, I agree, defending a client of a heinous crime. But, since most clients are guilty (in fifty cases for every one case in the US), a defence lawyer who restricted his practice only to the innocent would soon have no clients, if a requirement was the client's innocence. By the same token, if he really does believe in a client's innocence (remember the defence lawyers in all those great movies, such as To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Paradine Case!) then his attitude is entirely different.

Another quote from the earlier article, Trial by Jury, may help to understand the pyche of a defence lawyer:

Given the defense lawyer's typical relationship to truth, there is a stunning change in perspective when a lawyer represents someone who is innocent. Suddenly, there is nothing more important than the truth, nothing more sacrosanct. Now, the lawyer who is ordinarily indifferent to the truth is outraged that the system is indifferent to it. Sometimes the defense lawyer representing a client he or she believes to be innocent is downright desperate. Gone is the cocky irreverence that characterizes many defenders. Gone is the nonchalance. Defenders who seek to vindicate a factually innocent person wear their hearts on their sleeves: "Please, please, please," they beg, "my client is really innocent." They are willing to lay themselves bare before the most recalcitrant prosecutor....


http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary ... 096420_ITM
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby JypsyBear » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:44 pm

Thankyou for this list, well done for putting it together.In my opinion this should be printed in every newspaper!!!!
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby pike1 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:53 pm

IMO this list has already been seen by those browsing this forum!! :wink:
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby JypsyBear » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:59 pm

pike1, with respect , not everyone accesses this site or have access to a pc, so a lot of items posted wich are proven factual do not go into the public domain
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby blossom » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:41 am

Many thanks for your further explanation to me HawkEyes1.
(i'm afraid i'd be the lawyer with no clients !!!...)

You mentioned one of all time favorite movies The Kill a Mocking Bird!
And the last paragraph in your last post reminded me a that film (can't remember the name) with a stellar performance from Paul Newman as a drunken down an out has been lawyer, a blase ambulance chaser who changes when he sees one of the victims in hospital and then becomes the lawyer you describe, inspired and outraged by his sense of injustice.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:51 am

blossom wrote:Many thanks for your further explanation to me HawkEyes1. (i'm afraid i'd be the lawyer with no clients !!!...) You mentioned one of all time favorite movies The Kill a Mocking Bird! And the last paragraph in your last post reminded me a that film (can't remember the name) with a stellar performance from Paul Newman as a drunken down an out has been lawyer, a blase ambulance chaser who changes when he sees one of the victims in hospital and then becomes the lawyer you describe, inspired and outraged by his sense of injustice.

I too would be without clients, blossom!

The Paul Newman movie, by the way, was The Verdict. Here is the link:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0084855/
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:28 pm

Scribbler wrote:
quark1 wrote:And I just wonder how much all these people cost??? And WHO is paying for them?


At a guess, I'd say Michael Caplan and Angus McBride probably cost a MINIMUM of about £200 per hour each. The partners at the Colchester firm where I used to work (and which I still say is the best firm in Essex) have charge out rates of about that, so it may be that London firms charge more than that.


I have just found out from an earlier article in the Belfast Telegraph just how much de Abreu would charge for his legal services. Although Portuguese, I was unaware that he is now based in London.

Carlos Pinto de Abreu
The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer is based in London and, after a brilliant academic career, is one of Portugal's most celebrated legal men, with a direct line to the country's Attorney General by virtue of their work together on human rights issues. Mr De Abreu's services have been put at £200 an hour but he is a vital source of clarity, explaining publicly last week that the McCanns' initial belief that they were offered a plea bargain was flawed,

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/ ... 977379.ece
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:33 pm

bohhee wrote:...I also remember reading once in a Press article they'd asked another UK Law Firm about LCN DNA evidence to use as defence. I cant recall which Law Firm was approached. I only remember it was a firm who was successful to get LCN DNA evidence throw out of court as not reliable. A Laywer from that Firm actually said he was approached about the possibility of representing McC but did not accept the offer...something along that line.

Many thanks, bohhee, for reminding me about that case. I have finally tracked down that law firm to Northern Ireland. It was Kevin R. Winters, Solicitors, a Belfast-based firm, who successfully defended the Omagh bomber suspect Sean Hoey by getting the LCN DNA evidence thrown out during the trial at the Old Bailey. The legal team from Kingsley Napley flew to Northern Ireland to gain that firm's expert knowledge, with the goal of having the LCN DNA evidence found in the Renault Scenic and Apartment 5A also thrown out of court, should the McCanns go on trial.

I have added this firm to the consultancy list under NORTHERN IRELAND.

Edited to add more information about the Omagh bomber case
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:45 pm

To kerry and others wishing to use the OP material to send to reporters, I would recommend that you include the URL in your emails or letters. The list of lawyers is growing, and as new information comes to light, I am adding that material too to the original OP.

Many thanks!
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:38 pm

Rosie wrote:why so many, and so much speciality. Innocent people dont do this. Innocent people wouldnt see a need for so many.


Rosie and billie: You are absolutely right, innocent people do not lawyer up like this!

What I also find curious is the way the lawyers from Kinglsey Napley went straight into action in mid-September 2007, as soon as newspapers started publishing more articles about the sniffer dog and DNA evidence. It was at that time they began their consultations with the lawyers in the US and in Northern Ireland. Obviously, they wanted to get ahead of any arrest warrant in disputing the PJ's evidence, but they would not have had the actual evidence, only hearsay from what Kate and Gerry McCann must have told them from the line of questioning from their interviews with the PJ in Portimão. They will not have had the up-to-date evidence from the FSS in Birmingham released to the PJ in December.

The way the McCanns had the International Family Law Group and Bates, Wells & Braithwaite lined up within a few days of Madeleine's disapearance is equally discomforting.
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