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Lionel Blackman is a solicitor advocate and senior partner of a criminal litigation practice.[1][2] He has an interest in human rights, and is the current chairman of the Solicitors' International Human Rights Group (SIHRG), a group he co-founded in 2005.[3][4]

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Career

Blackman qualified as a lawyer in 1986, opening his own criminal defence practice three years later.[5] He was among the first solicitors, along with Sir David Napley, to take part in higher court advocacy after the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 was passed.[6] In 1999 he was the second solicitor, after Laurence Collins of Herbert Smith LLP who represented the Chilean government against Pinochet in 1998, to lead a case in the House of Lords and the first to win such a case.[7]

He has an interest in human rights, co-founding the Solicitors' International Human Rights Group in 2005. He was part of a group of delegates who were commissioned by "Justice for Colombia" to visit Colombia in 2006 to write a report on how law in that country compared with international law.[8] He was one of over 200 groups or individuals who endorsed an open letter sent to EU Foreign Minister Baroness Ashton by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.[9] When he was vice-chair in 2007, SIHRG was part of a joint statement, along with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Bar Human Rights Committee, expressing concern about reports of poor treatment of solicitors in Zimbabwe who took part in a march to deliver a petition regarding the arrest of two lawyers.[10] He was part of a group who in February 2010 visited Syed Mustafa Kamal, mayor of Karachi in Pakistan.[11]

In December 2009 he defended Paul Clarke who was charged after handing in to the police a shotgun he found in his garden. Clarke was found guilty because strict liability applies to possession of a gun, intention is not important. Clarke received a twelve month suspended sentence. The case was covered by the media because of the controversy over the inflexibility of the law on illegal gun possession.[12][13]

Lionel Blackman is a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University in Criminal Litigation at Masters level and lectures internationally on various aspects of the English legal system and the use of high technology in criminal trials.[14][15]

Political activities

In 2005 Blackman was elected as a councillor in the ward of Woodcote, in Epsom and Ewell, representing the Liberal Democrats.[16] He stood down in 2009.

At the 2010 general election he stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the Esher and Walton constituency in Surrey. This is a safe seat for the Conservative Party, and Blackman came a poor second.[17]

References

  1. ^ "UK delegation puts Colombia under legal spotlight" - Doughty Street Chambers
  2. ^ "Lionel Blackman (Lionel Blackman Solicitors)". sites.google.com. http://sites.google.com/site/lionelblackmansolicitors/home/lionel-blackman. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Front and inside front covers.pmd - Powered by Google Docs". docs.google.com. http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:pUqqAxlF6N8J:commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/resource/ICwS%2520Annual%2520Report%25202004-05.pdf+Lionel+Blackman+founded+%22Solicitors%27+International+Human+Rights+Group%22&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgfG9EJoQuStbQia852wnuEULsSzYNKMdQGf3hgwLhy-jl82CmoCySaudLOqcikyGLpWVu6LmP9B_lq314h4_6BlmtYZTuyBOEyep-dYzmg0hSDC4HqQ0SAsRb9CZEX95nnjI6z&sig=AHIEtbQh8gbvy_n6WGeaEb6e42Ig_W27WQ. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  4. ^ SIHRG
  5. ^ "Lionel Blackman (Lionel Blackman Solicitors)". sites.google.com. http://sites.google.com/site/lionelblackmansolicitors/home/lionel-blackman. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Criminal Legal Aid Cuts Examined" - LegalAction
  7. ^ "Sole practitioner scores first in House of Lords" - The Lawyer
  8. ^ "Lawyers' Delegation to Colombia" - Rule of Law
  9. ^ "Open Letter to EU Foreign Minister Baroness Ashton" - Stop the Wall
  10. ^ "Joint Statement on Recent Events in the Republic of Zimbabwe" - CLA
  11. ^ "News Details". 221.132.118.186. http://221.132.118.186/cdgk/NewsDetails/tabid/255/NewsId/2682/Default.aspx. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  12. ^ "U.K. Ex-Soldier Faces 5 Years in Jail for Turning in Discarded Gun" - Fox News
  13. ^ "Shotgun man faces years in jail" - Channel 4 News
  14. ^ "Proof and Evidence Conference" - University of Cambridge
  15. ^ Biography on Lionel Blackman Solicitors
  16. ^ "Lionel Blackman wins Woodcote Ward By-election (Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats)". epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk. http://epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk/news/000045/lionel_blackman_wins_woodcote_ward_byelection.html. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  17. ^ "Esher and Walton: Constituency". guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/constituency/933/esher-and-walton. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 

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