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04 Nov 2011

Corker Binning partner acts for Asif in cricket betting scandal

Legal Week (4 November 2011) reports that Robert Brown, partner, Corker Binning, acted for Mohammad Asif in the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal which has rocked international cricket.

Kingsley Napley among legal line-up on cricket betting scandal

Kingsley Napley is among a raft of law firms to have taken advisory roles relating to cricket’s ‘spot-fixing’ scandal, which has seen three Pakistani internationals handed jail terms.

Former captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed on Thursday (4 November) after being convicted of conspiring to bowl deliberate no-balls in a test match against England. A fourth man, cricket agent Mazhar Majeed, was also sentenced to a prison term for his role in the betting scam.

Kingsley Napley acted for Majeed, fielding a team led by criminal litigation partner Angus McBride. The City firm Рwhich this summer took another high-profile role advising former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks Рinstructed Mark Milliken-Smith QC from 2 Bedford Row as counsel.

Butt was represented by Paul Harris, the managing partner of Tower Hamlets-based firm Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson, with Ali Bajwa QC of Garden Court Chambers instructed as counsel.

Corker Binning criminal litigator and partner Robert Brown acted for Asif alongside Alex Milne QC of 18 Red Lion Court Chambers, while Birnberg Pierce partner Gareth Pierce and Henry Blaxland QC of Garden Court Chambers represented Amir.

Butt was sentenced to 30 months and Asif to a year in prison, while Amir has been handed a six-month sentence after pleading guilty. Majeed faces two years and eight months in prison.

The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, said in his sentencing remarks: “It is the insidious effect of your actions on professional cricket and the followers of it which make the offences so serious.”

The men were arrested after the fourth Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

Author: Simon Petersen