Marc Beaumont is an experienced appellate advocate. He has achieved notable successes in appeals to the English Court of Appeal and High Court and in disciplinary appeals to the Visitors to the Inns of Court (Barrister cases) and the Administrative Court (Solicitor cases).
Marc has also pioneered the use of direct access in the appellate field – businesses and clients are entitled to instruct Marc directly and to cut out what is often the substantial cost of instructing solicitors.
Recent appellate successes include:
- the ground-breaking Court of Appeal decision in Kaur v ILEX on the law of apparent bias, in which Marc’s oral and written advocacy persuaded the Court of Appeal to reverse the High Court and to expand the common law
- JS v Bar Standards Board in which the finding and sentence of a disciplinary tribunal was quashed on the basis that a ruling at trial that the BSB could rely on a written statement of the complainant, despite having taken no steps whatsoever to ask him to attend trial was described as “jejune”. Substantial costs order made against BSB on appeal and in relation to the grossly unfair disciplinary trial.
- Persuading the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-open (in all, 317) cases in which inquorate 2-person panels had expelled surveyors.
- Okoronkwo v Solicitors Regulation Authority in which Marc produced a clinching analysis of section 43 of the Solicitors Act 1974 to defeat the SRA
- O’Connor v Bar Standards Board in which Marc fearlessly impeached an error-strewn decision of a Bar disciplinary tribunal
- Q v Bar Standards Board in which Marc demolished the BSB in a mere 45 minutes after they declined to concede an appeal in which the Bar disciplinary tribunal had failed to give a single reason for holding a Barrister to be a perjurer and dishonest.
From January 2014, the appellate jurisdiction of the Visitors to the Inns of Court has been replaced by a direct route of appeal from a Bar Disciplinary Tribunal to the High Court. Marc advises and represents members of the Bar in such appeals and has a favourable record of success in such work, despite it being often very challenging.
International clients are entitled to instruct Marc Beaumont to act in appeals in commercial cases. Marc now offers a Privy Council appeals service for overseas territories (see international page).