PhonepayPlus has appointed Mohammed Khamisa QC as the chair of a new Code Adjudication Panel – the long awaited replacement for the Code Compliance Panel, which was found wanting in the judicial review of 2014/15.
PhonepayPlus is currently developing a new Code of Practice for premium rate services which it aims to have in force in July 2016. Subject to approval of the new Code by Ofcom, the new panel would consider and adjudicate on potential breaches of the new Code. Khamisa is the first appointment to the new panel, which will comprise legally-qualified and lay members.
The Code Adjudication Panel will ultimately replace the Code Compliance Panel, which Mohammed currently chairs. David Edmonds CBE, Chairman of PhonepayPlus explains: “I am pleased to announce that Mohammed Khamisa will be the first Chair of the new Code Adjudication Panel. We have introduced this new panel to ensure that the adjudicatory process for PRS regulation is transparent, fair and independent. Mohammed has extensive experience in private legal practice, government, and regulation which, allied to his expertise will make him a formidable chair of the new panel.”
Khamisa adds: “I am pleased to be taking the Chair of the Code Adjudication Panel. Fair and independent adjudication is vital to effective regulation, fair markets and good outcomes for consumers, and this is at the heart of the approach I will take as chair of the panel.”
Mohammed Khamisa QC was called to the Bar in 1985 and has been in continuous practice since then. He is widely recognised as a leading Silk in the field of Fraud. His practice encompasses the full range of civil/commercial/white collar fraud and related litigation, frequently advising both corporate and individual professionals/company directors.
In addition, he frequently advises clients facing parallel regulatory/disciplinary proceedings, in particular in the field of financial regulation. His experience spans a broad spectrum of disciplines and litigation before the criminal and civil courts, as well as regulatory tribunals.
He has advised and represented individuals and corporate entities before a number of regulatory bodies – General Medical Council, Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority, Financial Services Markets Tribunal and the Bar Standards Board. As former Standing Counsel for the Department of Trade and Industry, Mohammed has particular expertise in matters involving company and insolvency law, directors’ duties, directors’ disqualification and personal insolvency, all of which often overlap into criminal investigations. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court. Previously Mohammed was President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and Chair of the Bar Standards Board Professional Disciplinary (Summary) Tribunal.