Mahomed Iqbal Meer, a lawyer of 40 years standing and Nelson Mandela's long time lawyer is admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England, as an Attorney in South Africa and as an Advocate in Zambia.
In July 2008 he successfully cleared his name
in the Court of Appeal over the alleged involvement of his firm Meer Care & Desai in a $23 million conspiracy to defraud the Republic of Zambia.
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales granted an Appeal
by Mr. Meer against an earlier civil court ruling in the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division), a trial which lasted 52 days, that the firm and therefore also Mr. Meer and his partner Mr. Naynesh Desai (along with 19 other defendents), were liable and were required to pay $11 million.
Mr. Meer's Solicitor, Alexander Ulm of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain said:
"Mr Meer has always insisted that he had no such knowledge of any such conspiracy. He and his wife put everything they own into the defence of his name and reputation and it is immensely satisfying that the court has recognised that the attempt to cast him in the same light as the other defendants was misconceived."