Judgment call: 20 February 2012

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  • Just read the judgment of Mr Justice Newey in Wokuri v. Kassam. Professor Sarooshi taught me Public International Law at Oxford. I am surprised that he did not win this one!

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  • As an instructing litigator I have found Arfan Khan, who appeared against Professor Sarooshi in Wokuri v. Kassam, a genuine star of the Bar.
    There are many chambers loosely applying such descriptions to promote their juniors, often inordinately, but there is no understatement in this praise of Mr. Khan who is consistently outstanding.

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  • These comments remind me of the Prost v Senna battles in Formula 1. Prost was the “Professor” before Senna came and made him look ordinary. Arfan Khan won the Wokuri case through searingly brilliant submissions recorded by the Judge at paragraph 14. Looking at his Chambers profile - http://www.fieldcourt.co.uk/Arfan-Khan.htm - he certainly has the Senna effect on the commercial and chancery bar. All the more impressive considering that he did not go to Oxford!

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  • I agree that Arfan is a genuine star, and it demonstrates that it is not where you came from but where you are going that counts. He is tenacious, exhaustive in his research and fears no opposition. Underestimate him at your peril.

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