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Barristers acting for local authorities and other public bodies recognised in 2020 silk round

A range of specialists in children, public, planning and environmental law have been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2020 silk round.

Among those to be recognised are:

  • Shiva Ancliffe, Coram Chambers (family law)
  • Jonathan Auburn, 11KBW (public law / judicial review, local government, community care)
  • Kate Burnell, St John’s Buildings (family law)
  • Jamie Burton, Doughty Street (public law, civil litigation)
  • Christopher Buttler, Matrix Chambers (public and human rights law)
  • Sophie Cartwright, Deans Court (inquests, health and safety)
  • Denise Gilling, 1GC (children law)
  • Matthew Gullick, 3PB (public, employment law)
  • Sarah Hannett, Matrix Chambers (public law, equality law and human rights)
  • Craig Hassall, Park Square (regulatory and public law)
  • Lucy Hendry, 3PB (children law)
  • Richard Honey, FTB Chambers (public and environmental law)
  • Ruth Kirby, 4PB (family law, Court of Protection)
  • Gwion Lewis, Landmark Chambers (public, planning and environmental law)
  • Sara Lewis, St Philip’s (family law)
  • Mathew Purchase, Matrix Law (public law and human rights, employment law)
  • Myriam Stacey, Landmark Chambers (property litigation)
  • Sally Stone, 1GC (children law)
  • Megan Thomas, 6 Pump Court (planning, public and environmental law)
  • Jenny Wigley, Landmark Chambers (planning and environmental law)

Six new honorary QC were appointed, including Jenny Beck, family law solicitor and partner at Beck Fitzgerald, and Angela Jackman, partner at Simpson Millar and specialist in mental capacity, education and public law.

The Ministry of Justice said the awards ceremony would usually take place in March 2021, but given the pandemic the ceremony would take place at a later date.

However, arrangements will be made to allow those receiving the title to use it from the time the ceremony would normally have taken place.

The Lord Chancellor & Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, said: “The award of QC is a tremendous achievement, made even more impressive against the additional challenges we have all faced this year.

“I want to congratulate all those on their forthcoming appointments and awards. The depth of expertise and eminence of these appointees is immense and is testament to the exceptional talent throughout our legal system.”

A full list of appointments can be downloaded here (PDF).