The British Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Booth, QC, suffered a humiliating rebuff today when she lost her final appeal in Malaysia’s Federal Court to be allowed to act in a high-profile commercial dispute. 2

The British Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Booth, QC, suffered a humiliating rebuff today when she lost her final appeal in Malaysia’s Federal Court to be allowed to act in a high-profile commercial dispute.

In an embarrassing snub delivered after the leading QC had flown 6,500 miles for the right to be heard, the court ruled that there was adequate local legal expertise and that her services were not needed.

Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, leading a panel of five judges, said: “We agreed with the opinion of the High Court judge that such expertise is available among local advocates and solicitors,”

They unanimously dismissed the appeal with costs which are being estimated for this and an earlier hearing at a total of £60,000- £120,000 for all parties involved. The costs will be paid by her legal team.

The decision comes after Ms Booth made a surprise appearance at Malaysia’s highest court yesterday but suffered the humiliation of being told she could not sit with her legal team, ending up in the public gallery.

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