David’s Team

Alun Jones QC

Barrister

Great James Street Chambers

David is honoured to be supported by leading Human rights QC Alun Jones. Alun has supported David for two years and visited him in jail in Dubai where he himself witnessed the poor treatment of David.

Alun Jones QC is a specialist in extradition, mutual legal assistance, international crime, financial crime, crime, judicial review, asset confiscation and immunity cases. He has also appeared in the higher appellate courts in insolvency, commercial, planning and defamation cases when they have been connected with matters within his normal areas of practice. He spent the first ten years of his career before juries in London learning and developing advocacy skills and then gradually specialised. In 2005, he founded and became Head of Great James Street Chambers. Alun Jones values his professional independence. He is not a member of a political party or a part time judge. (He was a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1990-1997.) He has been married since 1974 and has four adult children. He lives in London and the Weald of Kent. His private interests are rural conservation, gardening, local history, chess and cricket.

 

Melinda Taylor

Lawyer

ICC and United Nations

David is honoured to be supported by leading Human rights lawyers Melinda Taylor.  Melinda worked as a victims’ advocate and in international criminal law.

Melinda Taylor is an Australian attorney –admitted to practice in New York – who specialises in international criminal law and human rights law.  Melinda has over 17 years’ experience working for, or appearing as Counsel, before different international Courts and Tribunals, including the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the International Criminal Court (ICTY, ICTR, and ICC respectively).

During this time, Melinda set up the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence at the ICC, and acted as Counsel for high profile clients such as Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Jean-Pierre Bemba (the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo).

She is a member of the legal team of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and in that capacity, was involved in submitting a complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which resulted in a landmark opinion that Mr. Assange should be released and compensated. Melinda also obtained a favourable ruling from the UN in relation to several members of the former Libyan regime, who had been subjected to torture and arbitrary detention. Melinda has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.

 

Mark Spragg

Solicitor

Keystone Legal

 

Mark is both a civil and criminal litigation specialist who conducts the majority of his work in the area of Financial Services, often against the State, in particular HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority.  Many of his cases conclude in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights and involve real points of principle.

Mark has been involved in many notable and interesting cases since the establishment of the SFO and he is often called upon by the media to offer comment on matters of national interest.  He travels abroad regularly to meet with clients who are unable to travel to the UK. Mark joined Keystone Law in 2009 after 20 years heading up the White Collar Fraud department at Jeffrey Green Russell.  Prior to that he was a partner at Titmuss Sainer & Webb (now Dechert) where he spent a total of 9 years.

 

Alison Bradley

Solicitor

Keystone Legal

 

Alison is an accomplished litigator with expertise in both the commercial and criminal field, as well as experience of a broad range of domestic and international/cross-jurisdictional litigation. She provides commercial, risk and strategic advice, as well as legal and Dispute Resolution advice, to high-net-worth individuals, family trusts, financial institutions and companies.

 

Thom Dyke

Barrister

Great James Street Chambers

 

Thom has a busy practice, both alone and as a led junior, prosecuting and defending in serious criminal cases. Thom has been appointed by the CPS as a Grade 3 Panel Advocate. He is regularly instructed on complex and multi-handed cases, as well as those involving issues of human rights and public law. Thom brings a robust style of advocacy to representing clients and has obtained successful outcomes both in court and in negotiated settlement at mediation.

He is described by his instructing solicitors as “an exceptionally talented young barrister” and “an excellent advocate whose personal approach to our clients is second to none”. He “has always achieved a desirable result for both the client and the firm, thanks to his expert knowledge in criminal law, his professionalism, and his integrity”. “He has also shown to have the ability to think strategically and back his approach with sound legal reasoning which sets him apart from other junior counsel.”

Thom has considerable experience in the field of public law and human rights, especially in prison law, claims against the police, inquests, and education law. He has experience of running discrimination and human rights claims and has advised in a number of judicial reviews concerning difficult questions of false imprisonment, breaches of Article 5 and Parole Board appeals.

He is regularly instructed to appear in appeals before the Court of Appeal and the High Court and has an excellent success rate. He has a specialism in representing and advising prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (“IPP”).

Having previously worked in civil and commercial law, Thom is particularly interested in civil cases where issues arise of concurrent criminal liability. He has been instructed in a number of cases relating to online privacy and harassment and has been able to bring his civil and criminal experience to bear on advising clients on how to secure the best possible outcome in a fast-changing legal landscape.

Thom prides himself on developing and maintaining exceptional standards of oral and written advocacy. He is an advocacy trainer for Inner Temple, and in 2013 he completed the SEC’s Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. In June 2014 he undertook the CPS Rape List Accredited Sexual Offences Training. He is also a member of the South Eastern Circuit’s ‘Access to Justice Working Group’.