With the likes of Tommy Thomas, Alan Dershowitz and a host of other big names, Advocates The Podcast features some of the top legal minds in the world.
The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE
Brenda Hale, Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, is a highly accomplished legal figure with a remarkable career in academia, law practice, and judiciary. Baroness Hale made history in 1984 as the first woman and youngest person appointed to the Law Commission, where she spearheaded crucial reforms in family and mental disability law. Her judicial journey saw her ascend as a part-time judge, eventually becoming a QC in 1989 and a full-time judge in the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales in 1994. Lady Hale achieved numerous groundbreaking milestones, becoming the first and only woman to be appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2004 and the first woman to serve on the newly established Supreme Court. Her dedication and expertise led to her appointment as Deputy President in 2013 and subsequently as President from 2017 to 2020, cementing her status as an influential legal figure in the United Kingdom.
07/07/2023 • 1 hour 6 minutes 58 seconds
Datuk Darryl S.C Goon
Datuk Darryl Goon is a retired Court of Appeal Judge. He is a consultant at the firm of Raja Darryl & Loh. Prior to joining the bench, he was heading the dispute resolution practice at Raja Darryl & Loh. At the bar he was widely regarded as one of the foremost litigators in Malaysia. 35 years of experience is a lot to squeeze in one episode, but we must try! Catch Gopal, Razlan and Datuk Darryl in this episode of Advocates the Podcast!
23/06/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 32 seconds
Clive Grossman KC, SC
In this episode, we sit down with Clive Grossman KC, SC, a highly accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in criminal litigation, commercial and white-collar crime, money-laundering, corruption, and human rights issues. Clive graduated from the University of Cape Town and was called to the Rhodesian Bar in 1967, later becoming Deputy Director of Public Prosecution in Hong Kong before leaving the public sector in 1994. He has been involved in many high-profile cases and has advised several governments on international criminal practice. In addition to his legal expertise, Clive has also served as Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and has experience in public law and civil practice. Join us for an insightful conversation with Clive Grossman SC.
05/05/2023 • 55 minutes 14 seconds
Leslie Thomas KC
Professor Leslie Thomas KC is a highly acclaimed human rights and civil liberties barrister in the UK, with expertise in claims against the police and other public authorities, as well as claims against corporate bodies. He has represented many bereaved families in inquests and public inquiries where there has been abuse of state or corporate power. Professor Thomas has won numerous awards for his work, including Legal Aid Barrister of the Year in 2012 and 2016, and Outstanding Contribution to D&I in the UK Chambers Bar Awards in 2020. He was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in 2020, and is also a visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmith College, University of London. His autobiography, "Do Right and Fear No One", will be released in April 2022.
21/04/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 24 seconds
Robert Richter KC
Robert Richter KC is an Australian Barrister based in Melbourne who has handled a wide array of high profile cases some of which involved Defendants unpopular in the public opinion. He is the former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, former President of Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, former part-time Law Reform Commissioner for Victoria and former member of Bar Council. Professor Richter was admitted to practice as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1970 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1985. He has a full time practice, specialising in criminal law and associated fields and is formerly a part-time tutor in Torts and Evidence at the University of Melbourne.
07/04/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 4 seconds
Dato V. Sithambaram
We are always privileged here at Advocates the Podcast to be able to speak to top advocates with fascinating stories from their time at the bar. Dato Sitham is no exception. His is a name many in Malaysia would be familiar with having acted as counsel in numerous cases of national interest. He is well sought after as a criminal and civil trial lawyer and his skillset as an advocate is highly rated. Dato Sitham is the past Chairman of the Penang Bar Committee and a past member of the Malaysian Bar Council. Currently, he is the Co-Chairman of the Criminal Law Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council.
17/03/2023 • 55 minutes 14 seconds
Steven Thompson KC
Steven Thompson KC, who took silk in 2005, has a commercial chancery practice in the UK with a particular emphasis on civil fraud actions, company/joint venture disputes, insolvency issues and aviation disputes. He regularly appears in all tiers of Courts in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands having been called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean. Steven is regularly instructed on international arbitrations from London to Dubai and is one of a very few English barristers who has conducted a full trial in the Court of First Instance in Dubai. Steven also has very interesting roots in Malaysia that are explored in this episode. Catch Gopal and Razlan as they host Steven on this episode of Advocates the Podcast.
02/03/2023 • 1 hour 8 minutes 34 seconds
Geoff Budlender SC
Geoff Budlender SC is a human rights advocate, with clients ranging from the government to social justice organizations. In 1979, he co-founded the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest and human rights legal service for marginalized populations in South Africa. During his time there, he undertook cases involving the forced removal of communities, freedom of movement, detention without trial, citizenship, labour rights and consumer abuse. From 1996-2000, he was director general of the Department of Land Affairs in the administration of President Nelson Mandela. Over the course of a 45-year career in the law, Mr Budlender’s legal work has helped millions of people in the country, including victims of apartheid-era law, babies born to HIV positive mothers and children affected by school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was the recipient of International Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 2021.
17/02/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 51 seconds
Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram
In this special episode of Advocates the Podcast, we speak to the late Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who passed away in January 2023. Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram wore many hats in his illustrious career, a teacher, an advocate, a Federal Court Judge and a prosecutor. He holds the distinction of being the first member of the bar to be directly elevated to the Court of Appeal bench. He will be remembered for his excellent advocacy and landmark judgments. Our hosts Razlan and Michelle got a unique opportunity to speak to him about his life and the law on 29 December 2022. We hope you enjoy listening to this episode.
03/02/2023 • 1 hour 20 minutes 20 seconds
Toby Landau KC
Toby Landau KC is an exceptional barrister and advocate who is also respected universally for his arbitration skills. He is frequently called on for high-value and complex cases involving commercial entities and sovereign states. He has argued hundreds of major international commercial, investor-State and inter-state arbitrations, as well as ground-breaking cases in the highest courts of England, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and the Caribbean. Toby Landau KC is above all, a gentleman whose story will be a meaningful listen for anyone tuning in. Join our hosts Gopal and Razlan as they speak to Toby Landau KC.
20/01/2023 • 55 minutes 14 seconds
Lord Pannick KC
Few advocates can say that their advocacy kept the United Kingdom in the European Union, albeit momentarily. In this episode we speak to someone who did just that; Lord Pannick KC, who led the Supreme Court Article 50 case against the government of the UK and argued against the prorogation of the parliament in the Supreme Court. Lord Pannick KC, who took silk in 1992, is one of the UK’s most highly regarded advocates. He has appeared in 100 cases in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords (before it was replaced by the Supreme Court), more than 25 cases in the Supreme Court since its creation in 2009, more than 25 cases in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and over 30 cases in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Join our hosts Gopal and Razlan as they speak to Lord Pannick KC on his illustrious career.