Jun 12, 2020

Amanda Staveley gets apology after ‘lying’ remarks broadcast

Barclays' legal team was forced to apologise to Amanda Staveley on Friday after comments by one of them accusing the financier of "Obviously lying" were accidentally broadcast at the end of her first day of testimony in a High Court trial. Ms Staveley began testifying on Thursday as part of a lawsuit she has brought against Barclays, accusing the bank of alleged deceit over a cash call the UK lender took from Qatar at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. The comments from the member of the legal team defending Barclays were picked up after Ms Staveley had finished her first day of testimony at the High Court, where the trial is being streamed via a live feed to the press and public because the pandemic has limited attendance in the courtroom. The team member was heard describing Ms Staveley as "Obviously lying" and adding that she was "Crashing and burning" during her evidence. In a separate statement on Friday, Simmons & Simmons said: "Comments were made by a member of the Simmons legal team on a private Zoom call which was overheard in the courtroom after the day's session had adjourned. We apologise to Ms Staveley and to the court."

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