Court of Appeal issues guidance on representation of refugees

Ben Douglas-Jones (led by John McGuinness QC) appeared for the Crown before a specially constituted Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (Lords Justices Leveson and Fulford and Mr Justice Spencer) hearing five conjoined appeals concerning defence lawyers’ failure to advise clients of the refugee defence to document offences.  Ben has been in several leading cases concerning this issue. 

The Court set out guidance for the advice that needs to be given, how it should be recorded and the correct approach to appeals following the cases of MA and Sadighpour (in which Ben also appeared).

The case has attracted widespread press coverage, including the Independent and Channel 4 News. The judgment is available here.