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Since September 2018, Gideon has been the lead associate in the firm’s Regulatory and Disciplinary team. Gideon combines his professional disciplinary defence practice with advisory work on regulatory and compliance matters and has recently provided advice on issues relating to solicitors’ duties in litigation as well as compliance with the GDPR. 
 
Previously, Gideon was the lead solicitor on the firm’s in-house defence team that successfully defended the SRA’s investigation, prosecution and appeal of allegations of professional misconduct arising from the Al Sweady Inquiry between February 2015 and October 2018.
 
Gideon joined Leigh Day in September 2008 as a trainee solicitor. He qualified into the firm’s international claims department as an assistant solicitor in September 2010 and was promoted to associate in April 2016.
 
Between 2008 and 2015, Gideon was part of the firm’s international claims department and worked primarily on high-profile and complex civil claims against the UK government and UK-based multi-nationals in challenging international contexts. Between August 2016 and March 2017, he was the lead solicitor for two Iraqi claimants in preparation for and at trial in the Iraqi Civilian Litigation proceedings in the High Court. These successful claims resulted in the first judicial findings against the Ministry of Defence in respect of allegations of unlawful detention and assaults by British Forces.
 
Gideon is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Law Society’s Risk & Compliance division.
 
He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2003 before training as a solicitor at City University, London and BPP. He has also volunteered with Reprieve, the Law Centre and the Free Representation Unit.
 
Notable cases:
 
  • Between 2008 and 2012, acted for former Iraqi interpreters who worked with the British Government in its operations in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. The claimants alleged that they (or their relatives) had been left defenceless by their British Government employers against reprisal attacks by militia opposed to the British Government’s presence in Iraq. 
  • In 2010, assisted Frances Swaine in seeking a new inquest into the death of the former government weapons expert, Dr David Kelly.
  • Between 2012 and 2014, acted in claims against the Ministry of Defence for a number of Iraqi civilians who alleged that they had been unlawfully detained and abused by British Armed Forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.
  • From August 2016, was the lead solicitor for two Iraqi men, KSU and MRE, whose unlawful detention and abuse claims against the Ministry of Defence were tried by the High Court in March/April 2017. The claims resulted in the first judicial findings against the Ministry of Defence arising out of the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq.

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