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 few years.

ApPointments

We’re delighted to announce the forthcoming appointment of Claire Watson and Sophia Roper as Queen’s Counsel in March 2022. Since 2016 our silk team has increased from 9 to 24 (including 7 women) and we have recruited 28 new tenants, enabling us to extend and diversify the service we provide to our clients.

Edward Pleeth and James Berry are both appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel). 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.

George ThomasAlexander dos Santos and Rachel Spearing  have been appointed to List B of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for the Health and Safety Executive, Environmental Agency, Office for Rail and Road, CQC and Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Eight of our members sit as Assistant Coroners: Simon Fox QC, Bridget Dolan QC, Michael Walsh, Rachel Spearing, Sebastian Naughton, Briony Ballard, Amy Street, Andrew Perfect.

Sarah Clarke QC and Hannah Hinton have been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office panel of counsel. Hannah also sits on the Independent Safeguarding Panels for UK Athletics and the Football Regulatory Authority. Rachel Spearing has been appointed to the independent Judicial Panel for the British Horseracing Authority.

Emma Sutton is a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales). Rhys Hadden sits part-time as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. They have both also been appointed by the Welsh Government to its “A Panel” of Junior Counsel for Public Law.

Nageena Khalique QC is an Expert Adviser for the NICE Centre for Guidelines and was the Chair of the committee responsible for the drafting of guidelines “Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes”, published in 2020.

Awards and other plaudits

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

We are the current holders of the Client Award for Innovation and Communication, The Legal 500.

In addition numerous members of Chambers have won individual awards including Bridget Dolan QC and Michael Mylonas QC as Barrister of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. Other recent examples include:

  • Neil Davy (Chambers & Partners, Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year 2021)
  • Elliot Gold (Chambers & Partners, Professional Discipline Junior of Year 2021)
  • James Berry (Chambers & Partners, Professional Discipline Junior of Year 2020)
  • Christopher Johnston QC (Chambers & Partners, Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year 2019)
  • Michael Mylonas QC   (Lexis Nexis Legal Personality of the Year 2019).

Our Joint Chief Executive Catherine Calder was awarded Legal Innovator at the Women in Law Awards 2020.

We were shortlisted for five awards at the most recent Chambers Bar awards as follows:

Set nominations

  • Clinical Negligence Set of Year
  • Professional Discipline Set of the Year

Individual nominations

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