Brick Court builds up Norris defence

The campaign to stop businessman Ian Norris from being extradited to the US has just stepped up a gear. The bar’s undisputed big-hitter Jonathan Sumption QC of Brick Court Chambers has been seconded to Norris’s legal team as it gets ready to take the tycoon’s plight to the House of Lords.

Sumption has joined an all-star Brick Court squad led by Richard Gordon QC and Martin Chamberlain. Apparently the set’s head of chambers, however, has not been parachuted in to take over the case from Gordon, but instead will be acting in a consultancy role.

Even with these legal giants teaming up, many feel that Norris’s case, in which the US wants to try him on charges of price-fixing and obstructing justice, is still too close to call.

One barrister from a magic circle set joked: “It probably wouldn’t hurt for Brick Court’s players to keep all their fingers and toes crossed.”