Sir Thayne Forbes, door tenant at Atkin Chambers is Chairman of the recently started public inquiry into allegations relating to the unlawful killing and mistreatment of Iraqi detainees by British soldiers at UK bases in 2004, following a firefight known as the Battle of Danny Boy.
Former High Court judge Sir Thayne, who conducted the trial of serial killer Harold Shipman whilst Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit, is investigating and reporting on allegations against British soldiers of unlawful killing at Camp Abu Naji on 14 and 15 May 2004, and ill-treatment of five Iraqis between 14 May and 23 September 2004. Named after one of the Iraqis who died, the Al Sweady inquiry, as it is known, is the result of failings in the MOD’s disclosure during judicial review proceedings in 2007.
Sir Thayne Forbes, who left the High Court Bench two years ago, has been a door tenant at Atkin Chambers since retiring as a judge.
Jonathan Acton Davis QC is acting as Lead Counsel to the inquiry. His career highlights include recently advising and acting for the British government in a number of mediations and trials for DEFRA against contractors arising out of the foot and mouth outbreak.