Smyth scoops lead role on Morris Inquiry

Clifford Chance partner Michael Smyth, fresh from his role as the solicitor to the Hutton Inquiry, has been given a similar role in an inquiry into aspects of alleged racism in the Metropolitan Police.

Smyth, head of Clifford Chance’s public policy practice, is an obvious choice as lead solicitor to the Morris Inquiry, which got underway yesterday (21 January), because of his experience in Hutton.

Smyth is joined by Clifford Chance assistants Martin Smith – who was also involved on Hutton – Michael Crossan and Kaspar Nazeri.

The Metropolitan Police has appointed Sir Bill Morris, the former Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) president, as chair of the investigation.

It will determine whether ethnic minority police officers are more likely to face disciplinary investigation than their white colleagues are and whether their grievances are less likely to be adequately investigated.