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2016-10-28 08:51:13
Abuse inquiry dropped against Ben Emmerson QC

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) has dropped an investigation of Ben Emmerson QC a month after his suspension.

Matrix Chambers’ Ben Emmerson QC instructed Bindmans following his suspension from the child sex abuse inquiry and resigned from his role the following day.

A spokesperson for the IICSA said: “The chair fully stands by the statement she made on 29 September. It is not true that an inquiry worker made a complaint of sexual assault to the chair or to the panel or to an official.”

The inquiry suspended the leading silk in September, stating it had “recently become very concerned about aspects of Ben Emmerson QC’s leadership”.

At the time, Bindmans said its client “read on the internet that he has been suspended” by the IICSA.

The firm and Emmerson have been approached for comment.

The inquiry was set up in 2014 to examine whether public bodies including the police failed to protect children from sexual abuse. It is also examining claims of abuse involving celebrities and politicians.

The inquiry has experienced significant turmoil since its launch, this summer appointing its fourth chairwomen, professor Alexis Jay.

Jay was appointed after her predecessor New Zealand judge Justice Lowell Goddard resigned in August.

Emmerson was named this year’s barrister of the year at The Lawyer Awards 2016 for his work at the heart of two high-profile cases involving Russia.

He represented ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvenenko’s family in one of the most high-profile court cases in British history; and acted for the Ministry of Justice in Georgia before the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the second inter-state case brought by Georgia against the Russian Federation in relation to the alleged attacks against civilians and the property in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.