City firms work on death row case

Simons Muirhead & Burton, SJ Berwin, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Kingsley Napley each advised one of six convicted murderers in the case heard in London by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

As the final court of appeal for a number of Commonwealth countries, the Privy Council ruled on Tuesday that the Jamaican Mercy Committee, which ultimately decides whether a condemned prisoner should be hanged, was not giving death row prisoners a fair hearing. New procedures will have to be established.