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Advocates for the Welsh Government: Appointment of Panel of Counsel

The Counsel General for Wales, Theodore Huckle QC has today announced the renewal of the Panel of Counsel appointed to provide specialist legal advocacy and advisory work for the Welsh Government.
Friday 28 September 2012

The Panel has been appointed following an open recruitment competition.

Clive Lewis QC has been re-appointed to undertake the role of First Counsel to the Welsh Government.

As a result of the recent recruitment competition, three panels have been appointed:

  • one consisting of Queen’s Counsel,
  • a second panel consisting of Junior Counsel with more than 10 years advocacy experience (Junior Counsel A), and;
  • a third panel comprising Junior Counsel with fewer than 10 years advocacy experience (Junior Counsel B).  

The panels of Junior Counsel are divided into broad subject categories, with the overall size and complexion of each panel being determined by need.  

Panel appointments will be for a period of four years, with effect from 1 October 2012.  

The Counsel General, Theodore Huckle QC said:

“I am very pleased to announce these appointments. The competition attracted interest from more than 130 practitioners and some 67 firm applications.  I have been encouraged by the level of interest shown and by the quality of the applications received.  

“I know that the very experienced and talented Counsel who have been successful in being appointed to the Panel will give the Welsh Government access to an independent pool of very considerable legal expertise across the whole spectrum of government activity.

“Having this proven capability to carry out advocacy and advisory work is important in ensuring that the Welsh Government has the best legal advice available to it at all times.”

Membership of the panels is open to both barristers in private practice and solicitors with the appropriate higher court Advocacy qualification, following an open application process advertised in the The Counsel Magazine (The Journal of the Bar of England and Wales).

Candidates had to satisfy a number of criteria, including experience of advocacy in the higher courts, experience in constitutional and administrative law, knowledge of the devolution settlement in Wales and of divergences between the law in England and in Wales, experience of working for or against the government and/or public bodies and an appreciation of the special demands of government litigation.

Details of panels:

Welsh Government Panel Counsel Appointments 2012
(Names appear in alphabetical order)

First Counsel to the Welsh Government

Clive Lewis QC (11 King’s Bench Walk)

Panel of Queen’s Counsel

Timothy Corner QC (4-5 Gray’s Inn Square)
Morag Ellis QC (Cornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square)
Richard Gordon QC (Brick Court Chambers)
Elisabeth Laing QC (11 King’s Bench Walk)
Simon Picken QC (7 King’s Bench Walk)
John Whitting QC (1 Crown Office Row)
Rhodri Williams QC (Thirty Park Place/Henderson Chambers)

Public Law Panel  

Junior Counsel A

Emyr Jones (9 Park Place Chambers)
Prof Satvinder Juss (Hare Court Chambers) also Employment Law
Andrew Kinnear (Henderson Chambers)
Cathryn McGahey (Temple Garden Chambers)
Jonathan Moffett (4-5 Gray’s Inn Square)
Ian Rogers (Monckton Chambers)
Graham Walters (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Criminal Law

Junior Counsel B

Mona Bayoumi (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Employment Law
Tim Buley (Landmark Chambers)
Joanne Clement (11 King’s Bench Walk)
Richard Cole (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Personal Injuries Law
Tom Cross (11 King’s Bench Walk)
Rhys Hadden (Fieldcourt Chambers) also Family and Children Panel
Louise Jones (Temple Garden Chambers) also Employment Panel
Gwion Lewis (Landmark Chambers)
Christopher McNall (18 John Street Chambers)
Mark Thomas (5 Essex Court Chambers) also Employment and Personal Injuries Panels
Justine Thornton (39 Essex Street Chambers)

Criminal Law Panel

Junior Counsel A

Lucy Crowther (Apex Chambers)
Tom Crowther (Apex Chambers)
Marian Lewis (30 Park Place)
Christopher Rees (Apex Chambers)
Jonathan Rees (Apex Chambers)
Anthony Vines (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Employment Law
Graham Walters (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Public Law Panel

Junior Counsel B

Justine Davidge (4 King’s Bench Walk)
Rebecca Griffiths (Apex Chambers)

Employment Law Panel

Junior Counsel A

Christopher Howells (Civitas – Civil and Public Law)
Prof Satvinder Juss (Hare Court Chambers) also Public Law Panel
Tariq Sadiq (St Phillips Chambers)
Anthony Vines (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Criminal Law Panel
Jonathan Walters (Civitas – Civil and Public Law)

Junior Counsel B

Richard Adkinson (No5 Chambers)
Mona Bayoumi (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Public Law Panel
Paras Gorasia   (Kings Chambers)
Louise Jones (Temple Garden Chambers) also Public Law Panel
Mark Thomas (5 Essex Court Chanbers) also Public Law and Personal & Injuries Panels

Personal Injuries Panel

Junior Counsel A

Andrew Arentsen (Civitas – Civil and Public Law)
Nicholas David Jones (Civitas – Civil and Public Law)

Junior Counsel B

Richard Cole (Civitas – Civil and Public Law) also Public Law Panel
Victoria Hillier (Civitas – Civil and Public Law)
Mark Thomas (5 Essex Court Chambers) also Public Law and Employment Law

Family and Children Panel

Junior Counsel B

Rhys Hadden (Fieldcourt Chambers) also Public Law Panel

 

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