R (on the application of Mehey and others) v Visitors of the Inns of Court

Counsel – Disciplinary jurisdiction. The present case concerned a group of applications for permission to appeal raising related issues. The one overarching question was whether, arguably, disciplinary proceedings against a number of barristers were invalid on the ground that some of the individuals who heard those proceedings or appeals therefrom were disqualified from sitting. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in refusing permission to appeal, held that the three barristers had no prospect of successfully appealing on the ground that the President or the Lord Chief Justice could only make appointments from the members of the Council of the Inns of Court pool.

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