Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards 2015

19 October 2015

Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards 2015 - Winners announced

A young man jailed for a crime he did not commit is refused compensation, and an elderly patient is kept against her wishes in a care home and denied proper representation in the Court of Protection: these are the Bar Council 2015 Legal Reporting Award winning stories.

The awards were presented at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference on Saturday 17 October 2015 to Jon Robins, winner of the print and online category, and Sanchia Berg who took the prize in broadcast.

Jon Robins, editor of, writing for the Independent on Sunday, won the print award for his two articles,A failure of justice (18.1.2015) andMoney cannot make up for what happened (10.5.2015), both of which highlighted the lack of compensation and support for victims of miscarriages of justice.

Sanchia Berg won for her Radio Four Today programme piece on failures of the Court of Protection to provide efficient adjudication or appropriate representation to those facing deprivation of liberty.

The Legal Reporting Awards, now in their 24th 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.

The runners up in theprint and onlinecategory were:

Louise Tickle:

The Guardian, 'How the UK's legal system is failing victims of domestic violence'

The Guardian, 'Is pressure to speed up adoptions leaving children out in the cold'

 Frances Gibb:

The Times, 'Young Muslims fuel huge rise in Sharia marriage'

The Times, 'You are free: One day in a mosque divorce court'


The runners up in thebroadcast (TV and radio)category were:

BBC Radio Four, Law in Action, 'Protecting the Innocent'

Richard Knight

Joshua Rozenberg

Chloe Hadjimatheou

Tim Mansel


BBC Radio Four, Unreliable Evidence, 'Good Samaritan Law'

Brian King

Clive Anderson

Matt Willis

Amy Street


The judging panel for the Legal Reporting Awards comprised:

  • Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar
  • Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman-elect of the Bar, and
  • Sarah Grainger, Commissioning Editor of Counsel

Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, said "The standard of entries to the awards was very high and covered a range of important issue. The entries demonstrated that legal journalism in the UK has an important role to play in bringing to the fore the challenges many people face when encountering our justice system. All the award entries, especially those who won or were runners up, were notable for the fact that they educated the wider public about legal issues which have a major impact on people's lives. The main reason we host these awards is to recognise the valuable contribution legal journalism plays in society."


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