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Legal Award 2015
One Gray's Inn Square
Tanoo Mylvaganam is an English qualified barrister with experience of practice at the international level including at the Bermuda Bar, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Media Case) and the Special Court of Sierra Leone (Taylor and RUF Trial).
Tanoo has a strong interest and involvement in the Commonwealth having grown up in the Delta region of Nigeria, Zambia and Hong Kong. She has detailed knowledge of contemporary conflict issues in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria and Congo.
Counsel to Michael Donnelly Inquiry (North Essex Health Authority).
Counsel instructed by Newham Local Authority re: Waldron Centre murder.
Counsel instructed by Waltham Forest re: Inquiry into Asian Centre.
Counsel at Inquests including a death in custody case Exeter Prison.
Instructed as leading counsel in large scale criminal prosecutions
Instructed as leading counsel in a number of murder trials for the defence
Experience of heavy appellate practice in the UK jurisdiction
Experience of written submissions in domestic and ICTR jurisdictions
Leading work since 1999 in the following areas murders; kidnapping, drug cases, sexual offences and fraud:
Large scale Chinese Triad kidnap
Large scale Sikh kidnap case
Bengali gang warfare: East End London
Largest Fraud trial NHS
Fraud against local council by employee
Instructed in large scale money-laundering case:
Finch Bossino & Others on behalf of Defendant Hunt
Gibraltar money laundering case
Have been involved as counsel in over 30 murder cases, covering the whole spectrum of homicide, for instance Domestic Related, which has involved the following:
Battered Woman’s Syndrome
Domestic Violence Provocation
Large number of high profile drug-related and gang warfare murder trials. Large-scale gang warfare between rival groups and/or communities e.g. Jamaican gang warfare in London, Sri Lankan Tamil warfare, Triad warfare, Vietnamese warfare.
Have conducted a number of cases with specialist prosecution crime agencies i.e. Large scale Drug Prosecutions (Regional/National Crime Squad & Customs & Excise) with multi jurisdictional issues. Recently have been instructed in a number of serious crime agency-investigated cases, ranging from immigration and human trafficking to fraud, serious violence and terrorism.
Other relevant experience:
Employment Law - Personal injury actions
Civil actions against the police
Competent in family cases involving children and custody issues and immigration cases at
Judicial review level
Experience in race discrimination cases CRE instructed
Involved in Stephen Lawrence Case as Junior Counsel up until committal.
Tanoo was a past member of Wellington Street Collective (Barristers committed to social justice and equality), the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC and has been involved in the Management Committee of Asian Women's Refuge and the Legal Action Group.
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