Top British QC to lead HCU probe
QUEEN'S COUNSEL Edwin Glasgow, one of the key players in the longest and most expensive enquiry in British history, has been selected to lead investigations into the cause for the collapse of the Hindu Credit Union (HCU).
Glasgow was the lead counsel for the armed forces in the enquiry into the January 30, 1972 incident in Northern Ireland, during which 26 unarmed protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army.
The "Bloody Sunday" enquiry took 12 years and cost 195 million pounds sterling to produce a report.
The enquiry, which was chaired by Lord Mark Saville, was established in 1998, and its report was made public on June 15, 2010.
Sir Anthony Colman yesterday named Glasgow as the replacement for lead counsel Peter Carter QC as he addressed the first day of the fifth evidence hearing of the Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of CL Financial and the HCU.
After this session of the enquiry ends next Tuesday, Carter, the lead counsel in the enquiry, will be absent until September, Colman said yesterday.
Since last July , all the time allocated to the enquiry has been focused on the investigations into CL Financial.
The HCU will be returned to the agenda of the enquiry when the next session starts on May 10, Colman said yesterday.
Colman described Glasgow as "an eminent leader at the criminal bar in London".
Glasgow "will present all the HCU hearing material for the rest of the enquiry", Colman said yesterday.
In 1998, Glasgow was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to the City of London.
"With over 50 years experience in the law, more than 40 as a barrister and 25 as a QC, Edwin Glasgow has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. Renowned for his advocacy and forensic skills, he now concentrates on his work as a popular and approachable arbitrator and is an outstanding mediator," a biography of Glasgow posted on www. jamsinternational.com states.
"He is also known for his public enquiry work, including the Bloody Sunday Enquiry," the website added.