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In the matter of the Prosecution of Mr Boris Johnson MP by Private Prosecutor Marcus Ball

We issue this press release on behalf of our client, Marcus Ball, in response to media enquiries.


Today, in the above matter, in respect of which Bankside Commercial Solicitors and barristers Lewis Power QC, Colin Witcher and Anthony Eskander of Church Court Chambers are instructed by Marcus Ball, District Judge Coleman delivered judgment in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.


District Judge Coleman decided that, having considered all the relevant factors, she was satisfied that this is a proper case in which to issue a summons against Mr Johnson for three counts of misconduct in public office.  


The summons should, subject to the Court’s availability, be issued within the next few days, after which it will be served on Mr Johnson.


The charges against Mr Johnson are indictable only, which means that any trial will be in a Crown Court. The summons will specify a date when Mr Johnson must appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. At that first appearance, the case will be sent to the Crown Court.


As stated by District Judge Coleman in her ruling today, the allegations which Mr Johnson faces are unproven accusations. She has not made any findings of fact.


It is important to make clear that at the public hearing on 23 May, Mr Johnson, through his counsel, denied any wrongdoing.


It would, in our view, be improper, leaving aside the need to ensure a fair trial, to comment on the substance of the allegations made against Mr Johnson, or on the evidence in support of them.


Should there be any further questions about this prosecution,  please direct them to Bankside Commercial by email to: g.bright@banksidecommercial or or   

Proposed Prosecution of Boris Johnson MP

Further to a hearing today, the court has determined that a public hearing will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019 at Westminster Magistrates Court, when the Judge will consider an application to issue a summons against the proposed defendant, Mr Boris Johnson Mp, for the offence of misconduct in public office.


We wish to stress again that Mr Johnson has not been charged with any criminal offence and is at all times presumed innocent until proven otherwise. We would respectfully ask all those reporting and supporting the case to respect the formality of the court process.


Any further questions should be directed to Bankside Commercial Solicitors.

Alan Ramsay Sales & Marketing -v- Typhoo Tea Ltd (2016)


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Bankside Commercial acted for Alan Ramsay Sales & Marketing Ltd (“ARSM”) in a claim for compensation under the Commercial Agent (Council Directive) Regulations (1993) following termination of ARSM’s agency with Typhoo Tea Ltd (“Typhoo”). Fox Williams acted for Typhoo. The case was defended by Typhoo for 3 years up to and including a 4 day trial in the Commercial Division of the High Court before HHJ Flaux. ARSM, represented at trial by Bankside Commercial and Oliver Segal QC, obtained judgment against Typhoo for approximately £220,000 plus costs.


We have moved.

Bankside Commercial Limited is pleased to announce its recent move from its longstanding address on Southwark Bridge Road to its new home at Colechurch House, London Bridge Walk. The new, bigger and more central offices  will allow the firm to continue to grow and provide the high quality service to  which our clients have become accustomed.