WALES/ENGLAND – Five specialist family lawyers appointed Queen’s Counsel

Lowest number of appointments since system reviewed

84 new appointments as Queen’s Counsel, from 183 applicants, were announced on Wednesday 27 February 2013. This is the lowest number of appointments since the system was changed in 2006.

Of those appointed, five are specialist family lawyers. They are:

John Hayes of Zenith Chambers
Elizabeth Isaacs of St Ives
Karl Rowley of St Johns Buildings
Jonathan Southgate of 29 Bedford Row
David Williams of 4 Paper Buildings

Stephen Cragg of Doughty Street also acts in public law proceedings involving local authorities’ duties to children.

Helen Pitcher, Chairman of the QC Panel, said:

“The selection process is an exacting one.  We collect confidential assessments from judges, fellow advocates and professional clients, all of whom will have seen the applicant at work.  Applicants are also interviewed by two members of the Panel. The whole Panel then discusses the evidence on each applicant. 

“We have been impressed by the extremely high quality of the applicants.  The Panel has had the difficult task of identifying the truly excellent advocates.  And I am confident that those appointed today truly deserve to be the Queen’s Counsel.”

The Panel is publishing a short report on the 2012-13 competition, with statistical information relating to successful and unsuccessful applicants. It will be available on the QC Appointments website.


SOURCE: Family Law Week

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