Legal Reporting Awards 2014 shortlist

5 November 2014

The Bar Council has today announced the shortlist for the Legal Reporting Awards 2014. The Legal Reporting Awards, now in their 23nd year, were established by the Bar Council to recognise print and broadcast journalists whose work contributes to a greater public understanding and awareness of legal issues.

Judges praised the standard of entries, with a record number of print, online and broadcast pieces received this year from reporters working across a range of trade and mainstream media including the Guardian, The Times, the BBC, Bloomberg, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and the Mail on Sunday.

The winners of the print and online, and the broadcast categories will be announced at the Annual Bar Conference this Saturday 8 November at Westminster Park Plaza by Rt Hon Sir Alan Moses, retired Court of Appeal judge and first chair of the Independent Press Standards Organisation. The winning entry to each category will receive a prize of £1,000.

Print and online category shortlist

  • Catherine Baksi, Freelance
  • Rebecca Lowe , International Bar Association
  • Robert Verkaik, The Independent
  • Maeve McClenaghan, Melanie McFadyean, and Rachel Stevenson, Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Owen Bowcott , The Guardian
  • Emma Howard, The Guardian
  • Frances Gibb, The Times

 Broadcast category shortlist

  • Fran Robertson and Melanie McFadyean, Two Step Films
  • Zoe Conway, BBC
  • Clive Coleman, BBC

 The judging panel comprised:

  • Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar
  • Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Vice Chairman-elect
  • James Dean, Times journalist



Notes to editors:

  1. For further information please call the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525
  2. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:
  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
  • Fair access to justice for all
  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and
  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independentBar Standards Board.