Ameyaw v McGoldrick and Others: QBD 6 Jul 2020

Recusal Refused – former Pupil Master

Request for recusal – the judge was said to have been a member of the same chambers as counsel for the claimant and had been his mentor.
Held: Refused: ‘It was untenable to contend that there was an appearance of bias in circumstances where one of the parties is represented by a barrister who was once the fee-paid judge’s pupil supervisor or where the fee-paid judge and the barrister representing one of the parties were members of the same chambers, and the barrister was the more senior. It is all the more untenable to suggest there is an appearance of bias in this case where (a) I am a full-time Judge, (b) I am no longer a member of the chambers of which Mr P is a member; and (c) I am more senior than Mr P and I was his pupil supervisor, not vice versa.’

Steyn DBE J
[2020] EWHC 1787 (QB)
England and Wales
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Application for oral hearing of certain issues. . .

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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.652406