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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:26 am

I now have added known dates when these lawyers began working for the McCanns. If you have earlier dates or more specific dates, please let me know and I will correct the OP.

Meanwhile, I have a much better idea of links between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office and the McCanns, and how all of these resources came into play so quickly. At first, I thought it was mainly through the efforts of Alex Woolfall from the Bell Pottinger Group, who was seconded to be the spokesman for Mark Warner; John Buck, the British Ambassador in Portugal; and Clarence Mitchell, who was seconded to be the McCanns' spokesman from the UK's Media Monitoring Unit, but there is an additional link specific to international abduction cases and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office, which appears not to have been discussed on these threads.

This would have beeen through The International Family Law Group and Reunite, the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction, which is partly funded by the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Home Office. It was Ann Thomas, the Managing Partner of The International Family Law Group, who flew to Portugal in early May 2007 to set up Madeleine's Fund, and she just happens to be a member of the lawyers network of Reunite. I must congratulate the McCanns on the hiring of Ann Thomas and The International Family Law Group to set up the fund. Her expertise in the field of international child abduction must have been invaluable in those early days of Madeleine's disappearance.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby JillyComeLately » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:07 am

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Re: International Family law Group and Reunite.

I read up on this site a couple of months ago and they don't even have any details about stranger abduction, not to mention any contingency plan in the event of one occurring. They only have advice and records pertaining to abduction of child/ren from one parent to the other.

No mention that stranger abduction is even in their remit.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby blossom » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:26 am

Excerpt from Newsdesk The First Post (last Nov.):

'The London-based lawyer, speaking anonymously, claims that the client in question wants to "reveal the whole truth" about the McCanns, but is fearful that it will attract the ire of the many politicians and lobby groups who have attached themselves to the case.

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell has called the report "utter rubbish", saying all seven of the friends who ate with the McCanns on May 3, the night Madeleine disappeared, share the same lawyer.'

HawkEyes, isn't this a Conflict of Interest - e.g. if one party wanted to change their statement and by doing so incriminated another? Also is the Fund money also paying the other Tapas members' portion of fees?'
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:03 am

blossom wrote:Excerpt from Newsdesk The First Post (last Nov.): 'The London-based lawyer, speaking anonymously, claims that the client in question wants to "reveal the whole truth" about the McCanns, but is fearful that it will attract the ire of the many politicians and lobby groups who have attached themselves to the case.

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell has called the report "utter rubbish", saying all seven of the friends who ate with the McCanns on May 3, the night Madeleine disappeared, share the same lawyer.'

HawkEyes, isn't this a Conflict of Interest - e.g. if one party wanted to change their statement and by doing so incriminated another? Also is the Fund money also paying the other Tapas members' portion of fees?'


I would think this would be a conflict of interest, blossom! But Madeleine's Fund would not be likely to pay the legal fees of the Tapas 7, since the fund is not paying the legal fees of the McCanns. There is, however, the separate legal fund set up with seed money from Richard Branson that is currently paying the McCanns' legal fees, so it is possible that the same fund is paying the fees for the other members of the group.

Despite what Clarence Mitchell says, it would rather odd if ALL members of the Tapas 9 end up sharing the same lawyer. I once knew two friends, who were defendents in a minor court case (involving a student-type prank), and even they were advised to have separate lawyers.

The First Post article sounds similar to the Daily Mail article, written up with quotes from El Mundo, and this lawyer's comments certainly rang true. According to that article, this lawyer, who was not named, was hired by his client in September.

That same lawyer also claimed that on the night of May 3 the McCanns did not call the police until they had discussed the possible implications for them of having left their three children alone in the holiday apartment. The lawyer said: "The police were only informed after the group in question analysed the problems they could face for having left the children alone, and until now, my client has not had the opportunity to talk for himself about it all...

"The intention of my client is to bring to light the truth of this sad story, without any concern for who might be implicated."
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:09 am

JillyComeLately wrote:.
Re: International Family law Group and Reunite.

I read up on this site a couple of months ago and they don't even have any details about stranger abduction, not to mention any contingency plan in the event of one occurring. They only have advice and records pertaining to abduction of child/ren from one parent to the other.

No mention that stranger abduction is even in their remit.

That, no doubt, is true, JillyComeLately.

As I stated above, Reunite is involved in international parental abduction cases, but the additional contacts with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office would have been invaluable. Ann Thomas's firm, The International Family Law Group, however, handles all kinds of abduction cases, and they certainly knew how to advertise the Madeleine's Fund once they had set it up to maximise donations.

Edited to correct typo on the word,Reunite
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:26 pm

Just to let posters know that the section on Edward Smethurst has now been substantially updated, thanks to Bugalugs' OP, A LITTLE MORE THAN A BIT ON EDWARD SMETHURST at:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7649&p=181725#p181725
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby pear » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:45 pm

HawkEyes1 wrote:I now have added known dates when these lawyers began working for the McCanns. If you have earlier dates or more specific dates, please let me know and I will correct the OP.

Meanwhile, I have a much better idea of links between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office and the McCanns, and how all of these resources came into play so quickly. At first, I thought it was mainly through the efforts of Alex Woolfall from the Bell Pottinger Group, who was seconded to be the spokesman for Mark Warner; John Buck, the British Ambassador in Portugal; and Clarence Mitchell, who was seconded to be the McCanns' spokesman from the UK's Media Monitoring Unit, but there is an additional link specific to international abduction cases and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office, which appears not to have been discussed on these threads.

This would have beeen through The International Family Law Group and Reunite, the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction, which is partly funded by the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Home Office. It was Ann Thomas, the Managing Partner of The International Family Law Group, who flew to Portugal in early May 2007 to set up Madeleine's Fund, and she just happens to be a member of the lawyers network of Reunite. I must congratulate the McCanns on the hiring of Ann Thomas and The International Family Law Group to set up the fund. Her expertise in the field of international child abduction must have been invaluable in those early days of Madeleine's disappearance.


This is actually very interesting because that could be the "missing link" with the NGO and politicians active in the field of internataional abduction, that is, "Missing Children Europe", PACT, McMillan-Scott, Gary Titley, Lady Meyer, etc. As I posted today in Blackwatch's thread on the Treaty of Pr├╝m, Titley was making an appeal about Madeleine McCann at the opening of the Plenary of the European Parliament already on the 21rst of May:


Selected highlights of the Strasbourg plenary 21-24 May 2007 include:

MEPs deliver on cheaper roaming: calling rates to drop by the summer holidays
The European Parliament voted through a first-reading compromise agreement by an overwhelming majority on "Roaming on public mobile networks", the fruit of recent talks between MEPs and the Council Presidency. In doing so – and in negotiating a prompt entry into force of the regulation – the EP and the other EU institutions are working to ensure that consumers can benefit from cheaper roaming rates in time for the summer holidays.

Future of Europe - Debates with Italian PM PRODI and Dutch PM BALKENENDE
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi told MEPs that Europe's future is at stake between now and the 2009 European elections in a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, 22 May. The following day Dutch PM Jan Peter Balkenende told MEPs that what was needed was a new treaty and a more democratic EU. " MEPs expressed diverse views from pressing on with much of the existing Constitution, to a smaller Treaty, to advocating no change to the status quo.

Opening of the plenary session - Hydrogen economy declaration adopted - statement by EP President Hans-Gert PÖTTERING
Opening of the plenary session - Appeal for missing Madeleine McCann - statement by Gary TITLEY (PES, UK)
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby JillyComeLately » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:56 pm

HawkEyes1 wrote:
JillyComeLately wrote:.
Re: International Family law Group and Reunite.

I read up on this site a couple of months ago and they don't even have any details about stranger abduction, not to mention any contingency plan in the event of one occurring. They only have advice and records pertaining to abduction of child/ren from one parent to the other.

No mention that stranger abduction is even in their remit.


That, no doubt, is true, JillyComeLately.

As I stated above, Remit is involved in international parental abduction cases, but the additional contacts with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office would have been invaluable. Ann Thomas's firm, The International Family Law Group, however, handles all kinds of abduction cases, and they certainly knew how to advertise the Madeleine's Fund once they had set it up to maximise donations.


Sorry HawkEyes, you must have misunderstood my post.

When I said remit I wasn't referring to Reunite. I was stating that stranger abduction didn't appear to be in the remit of the Family Law Group, i.e. it doesn't appear to be in their scope or terms of reference.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:36 pm

JillyComeLately wrote: Sorry HawkEyes, you must have misunderstood my post. When I said remit I wasn't referring to Reunite. I was stating that stranger abduction didn't appear to be in the remit of the Family Law Group, i.e. it doesn't appear to be in their scope or terms of reference.

Many thanks for pointing that out, JillyComeLately, as I was able to correct the typo in my post. I had put the name of the orgnization as Remit, when it should have been Reunite. I have since corrected it in the original post.

I am sorry that I misunderstood your post in that you were speaking of the International Family Law Group (IFLGL), rather than Reunite. Reunite, of course, IS primarily concerned with parental abduction cases, but I had read an article somewhere that IFGL was experienced with all kinds of abduction cases, not just parental abduction cases, and that would have been one of the reasons why the McCanns selected them to be their first lawyers in Portugal, when they were setting up Madeleine's Fund.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:45 pm

pear wrote:
HawkEyes1 wrote: This is actually very interesting because that could be the "missing link" with the NGO and politicians active in the field of internataional abduction, that is, "Missing Children Europe", PACT, McMillan-Scott, Gary Titley, Lady Meyer, etc. As I posted today in Blackwatch's thread on the Treaty of Prüm, Titley was making an appeal about Madeleine McCann at the opening of the Plenary of the European Parliament already on the 21rst of May: Selected highlights of the Strasbourg plenary 21-24 May 2007... Opening of the plenary session - Hydrogen economy declaration adopted - statement by EP President Hans-Gert PÖTTERING
Opening of the plenary session - Appeal for missing Madeleine McCann - statement by Gary TITLEY (PES, UK)


I thought this was significant too, pear. It is quite remarkable as to how some of these links start to make sense, when you start putting down known facts about the players in one place.

As I come across significant new information about these lawyers working on the McCann Case, I will add it to their biographies here. I thought it was interesting too to learn today that Smethurst had worked for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd and that he also has links to the medical field with his ambassadorship for Cancer Research in the northwestern part of the UK.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:10 pm

To keep everything that is known about the lawyers working on this case in one place on this forum, I am repeating one of my own posts from the thread, EXPRESS GROUP TO SETTLE, on March 13, 2008, at:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6036&p=138918&hilit=Carter#p138918

From The Guardian, Tuesday December 23 2003

The Carter-Ruck chill: the man who created the modern libel industry was a dedicated liar and a reactionary with a lust for cash
by David Hooper

The libel lawyer Peter Carter-Ruck, who died on Friday, had a chilling effect on the media. He was a chancer, out for the maximum fee. And he did for freedom of speech what the Boston Strangler did for door-to-door salesmen.

Until Carter-Ruck got his teeth into the libel law, actions were infrequent and inexpensive. But from the 1950s, Carter-Ruck became the leadin libel lawyer and clients sought him out. He honed his menacing letter to encourage socialites to sue for imagined slights and fashion a weapon fo politicians to suppress hostile stories. He preferred the bludgeon of the writ t the rather more effective call to an editor preferred by Lord Goodman. H established the idea that libel law was complicated and merited very high fees In the process he became very rich. "I like to bill the clients as the tears ar flowing," he told me

Libel was good to him: four homes, a Rolls-Royce and a string of yachts called Fair Judgement. But perniciously he built a libel factory, paid for by the media's legal and insurance bills. Carter-Ruck had some novel techniques. You could only settle a libel action by paying his exorbitant fees without any question of the bill being checked by the court. He hit upon the wheeze of Randolph Churchill retaining all the libel QCs to prevent them acting for Private Eye (a practice since banned) and of serial libel actions, as in the case of Princess Elizabeth of Toro (which brought us the term "Ugandan discussions").

His practice had rightwing connections. With Carter-Ruck at the helm, the firm of Oswald Hickson Collier acted for the Conservative party and the likes of Norman Tebbit and Cecil Parkinson.

In his memoirs he praised the rightwing financier Sir James Goldsmith for alleviating the injustice of the lack of legal aid with money from a foundation. He said it let solicitors assess cases in the same way as the Legal Aid Board would. However, the assessor was none other than Carter-Ruck, and his firm was paid, win or lose. The beneficiaries tended not to be widows and orphans but rightwing politicos such as Neil Hamilton, who trousered £20,000 from the BBC for a Panorama programme - Carter-Ruck's bill was £240,000.

The Goldsmith Foundation's other beneficiaries included Brian Crozier, a cold war enthusiast with intelligence links, and an official of the breakaway Union of Democratic Mineworkers who sued Arthur Scargill.

Once described as the Margaret Thatcher of defamation law, Carter-Ruck was a conviction libel lawyer. If he acted for the plaintiff, he thought it the most outrageous libel; if for the defendant, the case should never have been bought. The common thread was to extract the maximum.

Carter-Ruck had one row after another with his partners. In 1977 they tried to boot him out and after four years' litigation were successful when he decamped to another part of the same building to form Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners. Within four years all his founding partners had left, including his daughter.

I left his firm in pure Carter-Ruck circumstances. Heinemann, for whom we acted, was publishing a book about the Ford family, by Robert Lacey. I was told by Carter-Ruck that there was no conflict in our advising. Lacey sent part of the book to Henry Ford for comment. Later I found Carter-Ruck advising Ford that the book was full of libel. He proved unable to give a truthful explanation.

Cases brought by Tudor Roberts, a solicitor, and the journalist Derek Jameson illustrate the Carter-Ruck techniques. In 1985 Roberts was awarded £20,000 damages against Private Eye plus costs on the higher scale. I agreed before I left Carter-Ruck's firm that he would only pay the costs recoverable from Private Eye. Carter-Ruck, however, billed Roberts £60,000. The cost judge allowed only £18,567. My assurance was ignored. Carter Ruck wanted the lot. It was two years before Roberts was reimbursed his damages and the legal costs he had earlier paid.

Derek Jameson, as a tabloid editor, had been unwisely advised to sue the BBC over a satirical sketch. Carter-Ruck said Jameson would get £25,000-£50,000. David Eady QC advised Carter-Ruck in writing that Jameson accept the £10 that the BBC had offered in settlement plus his costs. Carter-Ruck concealed this opinion from Jameson. Jameson lost the case and was sent a bill by Carter Ruck for £41,342.50. When he learned by chance of the QC's pessimistic advice, Carter-Ruck told him a string of lies.

David Hooper is a media lawyer and was a partner of Peter Carter-Ruck
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:07 pm

This article in The People, 6 April 2008, is ominous, as the "highly-placed Portuguese legal source" would be Carlos Pinto de Abreu, one of Portugal's most celebrated legal men and known to have a direct line to the country's Attorney General. For more details see the OP on page 1, under In Portugal, at:

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KATE AND GERRY MCCANN TO BE CLEARED
Cops to drop Kate & Gerry arguido claim Boost for missing Madeleine's parents
By Tom Carlin Tom.Carlin@People.Co.Uk
The cloud of suspicion hanging over Kate and Gerry McCann is set to be sensationally lifted by Portuguese police. The couple's status as formal suspects - arguidos - in the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter Madeleine is about to be dropped, The People can reveal.

The dramatic move will follow a comprehensive review of the case which will be completed within weeks. But the McCanns will not be cleared until after May 8 - five days after the first anniversary of Maddie's disappearance when the couple had hoped to be back in Portugal to boost the search.

A highly-placed Portuguese legal source told The People last night: "I can confirm a review of the case will be concluded next month.

"It may well be the case that Kate and Gerry's arguido status is about to be dropped."


A family friend of the McCanns said Kate and Gerry were "greatly encouraged" by these developments. The couple had repeatedly pleaded for their arguido status to be lifted so they could concentrate on their search for Maddie.

Their lawyers have warned them not to return while they are still suspects.

A family source added: "Any announcement that Kate and Gerry are no longer being treated as suspects will be a massive weight off their shoulders. "But there will still be considerable heartache for them as the timing means this will not be likely until after the first anniversary of Maddie's disppearance."

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "If they returned now to Portugal it would be a distraction and would put pressure on police. Their lawyers would block it anyway.

"But once their arguido status has been lifted, they will feel differently.

"They have discussed the possibility of returning but nothing has yet been agreed." Maddie went missing from the family's Algarve holiday flat in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year as her parents ate tapas nearby.

Kate - both 39-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leics - were made official suspects in September after months of interviews. But despite immense pressure from investigators pushing for a confession, they have always maintained their innocence. An insider said: "It is great news that Kate and Gerry are finally set to be cleared.

"But at the same time it also shows the police have got no idea about what happened to Madeleine.

"It is almost a year since she disappeared and we still don't seem any closer to finding her."

http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headlin ... _page.html


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After I had learned that Carlos Pinto De Abreu had recently moved to London, I had no doubt that it was to work closely with the team of lawyers from Kingsley Napley. What I find particularly disturbing is that he has a direct line to Portugal's Public Prosecutor. This is the first time I have heard of a "highly placed Portuguese legal source" with an inside track commenting on the McCann Case with the London-based press, along with Clarence Mitchell.

Let us hope that with the PJ in the UK assisting the Leicestershire Police next week in the interrogations of the Tapas 7, the Public Prosecutor has been playing fairly and not undermining the PJ's case against the McCanns.

In examining the article further, while the Portuguese lawyer did confirm that a review of the case will be concluded next month, The People's headlines scream that the McCanns will be cleared based upon the statement, "It may well be the case that Kate and Gerry's arguido status is about to be dropped." Note the conditional phrasing... this headline, along with Clarrie's remarks, has to be more PINK SPIN!

I plan to post information on the Portuguese prosecution team shortly.


Edited to add a missing character to a word because of a skipped key!
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby Laffin Assasin » Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:08 pm

Can we have this as a sticky, i was looking for it yesterday, and I failed :oops:
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby hephaestus » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:16 am

Have the mcs ever considered that perhaps all these expensive lawyers are doing them far more harm than good? If they had simply come clean as soon as it was obvious the PJ knew, say early September, imo they would have got smaller sentences. If I was them I would imo refuse to pay the lawyers for that reason. The lawyers gave the imo wrong advice, at very high cost, back in September. All just imo of course.
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Re: LAWYERS WORKING ON THE McCANN CASE

Postby HawkEyes1 » Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:38 am

Laffin Assasin wrote:Can we have this as a sticky, i was looking for it yesterday, and I failed :oops:

Many thanks, Laffin Assasin, for proposing this thread as a sticky. With all the new threads added while we are asleep here in the States, we are often five hours behind. And in that time it may get bumped to page 2 or even page 3 overnight, and I suspect that most posters just check out the hot threads of the day on page 1 of the Justice for Maddy forum.

Also many thanks to janz1956 for making this thread a sticky! This will be very helpful as the case proceeds for posters to get to know the law firms and the principals involved in working for the McCanns.

As new information becomes available I will keep the OP updated, so it can be used as a reference page, right at the beginning on page 1
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