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Francis FitzGibbon QC
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Francis FitzGibbon QC is a criminal barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London (www.doughtystreet.co.uk). He undertakes all kinds of criminal work and has contributed to 'A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime' (Sweet & Maxwell 2011). He sits as a part-time Immigration Judge. The views expressed here (and in his blog Nothing Like The Sun: http\\:ffgqc.wordpress.com) are personal.

Abu Qatada, hard cases & bad law

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled in Abu Qatada’s favour on one point only: if he is deported to Jordan, where he faces trial for terrorist offences, there is…

Trenton Oldfield and public nuisance

Mr Trenton Oldfield only stopped the Boat Race for 20 minutes while he baptised himself in the Thames to protest against the evils of capitalism. He achieved a brief fame.…

Welcome to Britain

After arriving at Gatwick Airport at midnight, I spent an hour queuing at passport control. It was inconvenient but hardly life-threatening. For the many young children, and for the elderly…

Bringing down the shutters

ANALYSIS: Here’s a paradox, writes Francis FitzGibbon: in the same week, the government says it wants more powers to scrutinize your phone calls and online communications, it insists on less…

Google warnings

As Dr Theodora Dallas begins her six month sentence for contempt of court, you may be wondering whether the principles of jury duty can survive in a world where information…

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