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Monday, 11 January 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Political Jury

Professor Thomas Grant QC

Is the jury system the bulwark of individual liberty? 

This lecture will look at the role of the so-called “perverse jury” in acquitting defendants where the law, or the charge itself, is deemed unjust. Famous examples are Kempton Bunton (for the “theft” of Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington in the 1960s), Clive Ponting, and Randle and Pottle. 

But the jury can also be a bastion of prejudice: white juries habitually acquitted white defendants in the US in race violence cases. Does the jury system need improvement? Should its right to deliver a perverse verdict be curtailed?


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Thomas is Visiting Gresham Professor of Politics and Law. He is a Queen's Counsel and member of Maitland Chambers.

He practises in the commercial chancery, fraud, professional negligence, company, property, and art and entertainment fields, as well as being instructed in a wide range of general chancery and commercial litigation. Thomas has a particular interest in fraud claims and is well known for his expertise in obtaining and defending freezing and related interim orders.

Thomas was appointed Visiting Gresham Professor of Politics and Law in 2020/21.

Thomas's lecture series is as follows:

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