BCL Solicitors has been nominated for ‘Most Important Court Case of the Year’ in the forthcoming GIR Awards 2019.
GIR outlines the nominated case:
Greece’s landmark prosecution of pharma execs
The case was the culmination of years of multinational corporate bribery investigations into pharmaceutical companies such as household name Johnson & Johnson. Greece successfully prosecuted 13 former executives and medical professionals after US and UK authorities settled related charges with companies in 2011. The international case also threw up double jeopardy concerns as Greek prosecutors attempted to use evidence gathered by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office to help form their own case against Robert John Dougall, former vice president of DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. He was eventually acquitted of fraud on double jeopardy grounds and of money laundering based on evidence presented in court. The SFO testified at trial after being called as a witness by Dougall’s lawyers.
Counsel to John Dougall
Partner Ovvadias Namias in Athens
In the UK:
Partner Shaul Brazil in London
BCL Solicitors partner, Shaul Brazil discusses the nomination:
“We are very pleased to be nominated for this case, which underscored the importance of co-operation between law enforcement authorities in multi-jurisdictional investigations. Mr Dougall co-operated throughout the DOJ and SFO investigations and it was therefore of the utmost significance that the SFO agreed to provide evidence in support of his defence to the Greek charges. Ultimately, the just outcome was achieved with Mr Dougall’s acquittal.”
You can read GIR’s award nominee announcements on their website.