Profile

He has a first-class mind and gets results

Chambers UK

Louis is a recognised leader in the fields of criminal litigation, corporate investigations and human rights. He has an international reputation for providing expert strategic analysis, and frequently acts in cases with a multi-jurisdictional dimension.

  • He is fantastic and really bright” – Chambers UK
  • He is fantastic for high-profile and sensitive cases” – Chambers UK
  • Clear, easy to work with and completely unpretentious” – The Legal 500

Louis has acted in numerous cases in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, and recently appeared for the Department of Justice in the High Court of Hong Kong in the territory’s largest corruption trial.

He was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015, and Queen’s Counsel in 2017.

Recognition

Legal 500 2017 C&P 2018

Expertise

Criminal Litigation

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Louis’s specialism in the field of criminal litigation is dealing with cases, at first instance and on appeal, that are complex, high profile and sensitive. Recent cases include:

HKSAR v Hui, Kwok & others (Court of First Instance, Hong Kong)

Louis was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar and acted for the Department of Justice in the prosecution of the territory’s former Chief Secretary for taking bribes from property developers.

Parliamentary Expenses Scandal

Louis prosecuted the six Members of Parliament charged in connection with the Parliamentary expenses scandal. The litigation included the landmark constitutional case of R v Chaytor and others in the Supreme Court, on the scope of Parliamentary Privilege and Article IX of the Bill of Rights.

Isle of Wight Council v Platt (Supreme Court)

Louis represented the Secretary of State in the high profile Supreme Court case concerning the prosecution of parents who take their children on holiday during the school term.

R v Hurley

Louis represented the Crown in the Court of Appeal in a case where fresh evidence was called to challenge the safety of a murder conviction dating back 25 years.

R v Walker

Louis represented the Crown in the Court of Appeal in a case which clarified the means by which the DPP grants consent to prosecute.

R (Kenward) v DPP (High Court)

Louis represented the Attorney General in the litigation challenging the DPP’s policy on assisted suicide.

R v McLoughlin (Court of Appeal)

Louis represented the Crown and the Attorney General in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning a challenge to the compatibility of whole life sentences with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Other recent cases include advising on the scope of the privilege against self-incrimination under Hong Kong law; the prosecution of the man who interrupted the Boat Race for public nuisance; the prosecution of the Bulger killer Jon Venables after he re-offended; and numerous murder trials at the Central Criminal Court.

Corporate Crime and Investigations

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Louis specialises in cases involving allegations of bribery, corruption, cartel activity and financial or corporate misconduct. He has recently advised on the coercive powers of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, and on the criminal and extradition exposure of UK corporate officers in connection with conduct in an Asian jurisdiction. Other recent cases include:

London Whale Affair

Louis is acting for one of the involved in the London Whale affair, arising from JP Morgan’s announcement of a US$2 billion trading loss in 2012. Litigation has taken place in Spain; there are ongoing criminal and civil proceedings in the US involving the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission; and the UK litigation includes proceedings against the FCA in the Upper Tribunal, Tax and Chancery Chamber.

Akcine Bendrove Bankas Snoras v Antonov

Louis acted for a major Lithuanian bank in the Commercial Court in proceedings concerning the application of the privilege against self-incrimination and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights to disclosure in civil proceedings.

JPMorgan v SFO

Louis represented JP Morgan and a number of other City banks in the High Court, challenging the lawfulness of a section 2 (CJA 1987) Notice to produce documents, issued by the SFO at the request of an overseas prosecutor.

SFO v BAE

Louis acted in relation to the SFO’s investigation into BAE’s global business dealings.

Human Rights & Public Law

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Louis has represented the UK Government in numerous cases in the European Court of Human Rights, including the following cases in the Grand Chamber:

Ibrahim v UK

Concerning whether the questioning of terrorist suspects under domestic legislation violated Article 6 of the Convention.

Vinter v UK

Concerning whether the domestic scheme of whole life sentencing was compatible with Article 3 of the Convention.

Al-Khawaja v UK

Concerning whether the domestic legislation in relation to hearsay evidence was compatible with Article 6 of the Convention.

Appointments

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  • Queen’s Counsel, 2017
  • Senior Treasury Counsel to the Crown at the Central Criminal Court, 2015
  • Junior Treasury Counsel to the Crown at the Central Criminal Court, 2009

Education

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University of Leeds, BA (Hons) (First Class), History

Notable cases

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R v Platt (Supreme Court)

Louis represented the Secretary of State in proceedings concerning whether the true construction of section 444 of the Education Act 1996 meant that a parent committed a criminal offence by taking...

R v Hurley

 Louis represented the Crown in an appeal against a 25 year old conviction for murder, where it was contended that fresh evidence rendered the conviction unsafe.

R v Walker

Louis represented the Crown in an appeal against a conviction for murder, in which it was held that a charging decision by a Crown Prosecutor under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act constituted...

Ibrahim and others (ECHR, GC)

Louis represented the UK Government in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in proceedings concerned with whether the question of suspects involved in the attempted London suicide...

R (Kenward) v DPP

Louis represented the Attorney General in the High Court in a case concerning a challenge to the lawfulness of the DPP’s policy on assisted suicide.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region v Hui, Kwok & others (Court of First Instance, Hong Kong)

David Perry QC and Louis Mably acted for the HKSAR in the prosecution of the former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong over allegations of bribery and corruption.

Akcine Bendrove Bankas Snoras v Antonov

Louis Mably acted for the claimant bank in Commercial Court proceedings. The bank had obtained worldwide freezing orders in support of its claim for civil breach of duty by its former directors. The...

JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and others v Serious Fraud Office

Louis Mably acted for the claimant banks in a successful challenge to the lawfulness of notices issued by the SFO under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987.

Vinter and others v United Kingdom (66069/09, 130/10, 3896)

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the United Kingdom in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the compatibility of the English scheme for sentencing in cases of...

Al-Khawaja and Tahery v United Kingdom

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the United Kingdom in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The case was heard following the refusal of the Supreme Court in England to...

Beghal v Director of Public Prosecutions

The leading domestic case on the compatibility of detention and questioning at airports under the Terrorism Act 2000 with Articles 5, 6 and 8 of the Convention (Concerned investigatory powers,...

Attorney General v Davey

Louis Mably acted for the Attorney General in the most recent case on contempt of court by jurors.  

R v Chaytor and others

The Parliamentary expenses scandal gave rise to a constitutional issue concerning the scope of Parliamentary privilege. The defendants contended that by reason of privilege and article IX of the Bill...

Serious Fraud Office v BAE

Members of chambers acted on both side of this lengthy SFO investigation into BAE’s global business affairs, including the public law challenge to the Director’s decision to enter into a plea...

Serious Fraud Office v King

At the request of the South African authorities, the Serious Fraud Office, on an ex parte without notice application, obtained a restraint order against the defendant which purported to freeze his...

‘Cash for Honours’

Louis Mably was asked to give independent legal advice in relation to the ‘Cash for Honours’ affair, a widely publicised investigation concerning allegations that peerages had been offered for...

Government of the Russian Federation v Shefler (City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court)

Together with Hugo Keith QC, Louis Mably defended Yuri Shefler, the owner of the leading global spirits company SPI, in extradition proceedings brought by the Russian Government. The proceedings were...

Norris v Government of the United States of America

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the Government of the United States in the Supreme Court in the leading case on the application of Articles 3 and 8 of the Convention in extradition...

Norris v Government of the United States of America

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the Government of the United States in the House of Lords in the leading case on cartels and competition law, and the requirement of double criminality in...

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24 January

Louis Mably in whole-life term challenge

Louis Mably is instructed in a number of appeals which seek to challenge the legality of whole-life sentences. These appeals have been brought following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights...

30 July

Jurors found guilty of contempt.

The Attorney General successfully sought an order of committal against each of the respondents for contempt of court. The first defendant had posted a Facebook message which set out his view about...

8 May

BAE Systems

BAE Systems In the recent prosecution of BAE Systems Plc, Victor Temple QC, Timothy Cray and Louis Mably represented the Crown and David Perry QC and Miranda Hill acted on behalf of the company.

8 May

Two members appointed Treasury Counsel

Two members appointed Treasury Counsel Chambers is delighted to announce that Duncan Atkinson (1995) and Louis Mably (1997) have both been appointed junior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey by...