Who? Simone Meerabux, a partner at Lam & Meerabux in Croydon.
Why is she in the news? Represented student Liam Allan, who was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault. His trial was abandoned over the police’s failure to give phone records to the defence. The Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service last week apologised to Allan.
Thoughts on the case: ‘I represented Liam because I believed in his case from the outset as he had been a former work experience student. I was, however, disappointed that upon filing our defence statement we were dealt with in the usual broad-brush manner to which I have become accustomed as a practitioner of criminal law – especially because the stakes were so high.
‘I am happy with the outcome of the case because it was right for Liam. I hope that the deficiencies relating to disclosure by the police and CPS are addressed. My concern is that both the CPS and police are fuelled by a desire to obtain convictions rather than discharge their obligations and duties under the Code of Conduct for Prosecutors.’
Dealing with the media: ‘It has been challenging at times. However, this is a challenge which can be rewarding because I now feel that they have taken on board the issues relating to disclosure. Hopefully, with their assistance, there can be a meaningful change to our system of criminal justice.’
Why become a lawyer? ‘I enjoy engaging in argument as it relates to the law. Practising law can be intellectually stimulating and achieving a good outcome is always rewarding.’
Career low: ‘Criminal lawyers, especially those who practise on the high street, are increasingly being asked to work under siege. We are being asked to deliver a Rolls-Royce service under severe budgetary restrictions.’