Honorary Queen's Counsel 2008

scales of justice

10 March 2008

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of five honorary Queen's Counsel.

A small selection panel considered nominations made by the legal professions, the judiciary, and the Society of Legal Scholars and made recommendations to the Lord Chancellor. As in previous years, the honorary rank recognises lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts. The Lord Chancellor satisfied himself that the panel's recommendations were consistent with the high standards of the honorary QC rank, and passed the recommendations to Her Majesty.

Honorary QC 2008

Professor Margaret Brazier OBE is a professor of law and co-director of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester and was recommended for her work on medical law.

Professor David Feldman is the Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge and was recommended for his work in public law fields, particularly civil liberties and human rights.

Janet Gaymer CBE is the Commissioner for Public Appointments and was recommended for her work on the development of employment law.

Professor Richard Macrory CBE is a professor at the Faculty of Laws, University College London and was recommended for his work on the development of environmental law.

Professor Martin Partington CBE has recently retired from the Law Commission and was recommended for his work in a number of fields, such as housing and tribunal law, including service as a Law Commissioner.

Notes to editors

1. The award of Queen's Counsel honoris causa (for the sake of honour) is made to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts. It is not a 'working' rank and cannot be used by the holders in practice as an advocate.

2. Awards of honorary QC were in abeyance while the interim scheme for the substantive rank was being developed and operated.  This is the second round of appointments since that scheme was announced in July 2006.

3. Honorary QC awards will be made at the QC appointment ceremony to be held in Westminster Hall on 28 March.  This ceremony is invitation-only.