The Rt. Hon Sir Desmond de Silva Q.C.

National & International Lawyer

Through being extremely well connected and enjoying a huge international reputation Sir Desmond has developed a vast experience before international criminal tribunals in relation to the gravest of international crimes. His practice has included advising or representing Heads of State, Heads of Government, princes and politicians, senior military officers and powerful figures from the financial world in the UK and abroad. Within England , household names such as England's football captain John Terry, England's rugby captain Lawrence Dellaglio and Harry Redknapp, together with those charged with espionage to celebrities such as Dame Shirley Bassey have turned to him for help. Not just stars from the sporting an entertainment world but indeed, the second man on the moon himself- Aldrin, have all sought his legal assistance, sometimes in non criminal but highly sensitive matters.

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  • Representing individuals indicted before international criminal courts and persons and companies before courts in the UK and overseas

  • Advising clients who are or may become the focus of investigation over genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

  • Representing clients who are indicted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

  • Advising governments on peacebuilding in post conflict situations such as the need to return to the Rule of Law by setting up Tribunals to bring to account those responsible for violating international criminal law

  • Advising governments on the incorporation of international law into their domestic law.

  • Advising governments in the setting up of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

  • Having experience of working with the UN and the UNHRC, advising governments on meeting their human rights obligations where States have become the subjects of criticism.

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