Top QCs slam Pistorius prosecutor’s cross-examination style

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By Alex Aldridge on

Don’t imitate approach of Gerrie Nel, urge three silks on Twitter.

Gerrie Nel may have impressed the world’s media with his “pitbull” style, but the Inns of Court aren’t keen on how he operates. Last night 9-12 Bell Yard chief Mukul Chawla QC warned wannabe lawyers that Nel’s approach wouldn’t translate well to the courtrooms of England and Wales.

This morning 11KBW silk Sean Jones QC went even further, claiming that he has seen litigants-in-person “do a better job” than Nel.

Meanwhile, Cloisters Chambers’ Caspar Glyn QC has expressed surprise at the passivity of Judge Thokozile Masipa in the face of Nel’s aggression.

The full conversation thread about Nel’s style is here.