Appointments and awards

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We would like to thank our instructing solicitors and other clients for their support which has helped us to secure a number of appointments and awards over the last 18 months.

Awards and other plaudits

The collective efforts of our barristers and staff were recognised as follows:

Gerry Boyle, Sarah Clarke and Debra Powell took silk with effect from 13 February 2017. Following last year’s appointment of Bridget Dolan QC, Michael Horne QC and Katie Gollop QC and the recent arrival of Chris Daw QC, this brings the total number of silks at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers to 17.

Our barristers have won awards at every level of seniority over the last 18 months, from Head of Chambers to junior tenants and including new silks and senior juniors too.

We won three of the six awards available to the Bar at the Lawyer Awards 2015, including Bridget Dolan QC as Barrister of the Year.

Bridget was also one of 20 lawyers recognised by the Sunday Times in Britain’s 500 Most Influential 2016  (“the role models and heroes whose achievements shape the way we live and who lead, inspire and influence us”) while Andrew Hockton won the Professional Discipline Junior of the Year at the UK Bar Awards 2016.

John Beggs QC was recommended in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 2016 which highlights the “best lawyers in the business…the cream of the crop”.  He was also a finalist for the Barrister of the Year at the Lawyer Awards 2016 while Cecily White was Highly Acclaimed as a Rising Star at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2016.

Sir Robert Francis QC was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from St George’s Medical School, an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Exeter and Honorary Fellowships from both the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Surgeons. Edward Pleeth was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel).

We were the only set of Chambers to be shortlisted for the Lawyer’s 2015 Business Leadership Awards (Leadership Team of the Year) and we were shortlisted for the same awards this year (Best Service Innovation). We were also the only set to be shortlisted by the Financial Times, which featured us as “stand-out” in its Innovative Lawyers Report 2015.

We were one of five finalists for the Client Service Set of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2015 and were Highly Acclaimed for Best Client Service Initiative at the Modern Law Awards as well as the Legal Week Innovation Awards (both in 2015 and 2016). Anthony Haycroft and Gerry Boyle were finalists for awards at the Chambers & Partners Awards 2015 and the Lawyer Awards 2015 respectively.

We were shortlisted for both clinical negligence and client service set of the year at The Legal 500 Awards this year and Bridget Dolan QC and Michael Mylonas QC were both featured as The Times Lawyer of the Week recently.

The citation from the Halsbury Legal Awards noted the judges were impressed by this set’s progressive approach which runs in tandem with its strong record on ground breaking litigation.  Effective management and dedicated client management teams have combined to enable it to develop international markets marking a truly remarkable year”.  

However, we are far from complacent. We continue to seek to improve and we invest in improving: please find further details about this here.