Winners at the inaugural Bar Council Employed Barristers’ Awards announced

3 July 2017

The winners of the first Bar Council Employed Barristers' Awards have been announced following a packed out awards dinner at the Tower of London on Friday 30 June. 

Tickets for the awards were sold out as barristers from a range of sectors, including government, commerce and the armed forces turned out to find out the winners of the awards. 

More than 50 nominations were submitted for the six categories. The winners were: 

  • Outstanding performance by a HM Forces barrister- Commander Carolyn Kenyon, Royal Navy Legal Services 

  • Outstanding achievement by a barrister in a corporate organisation or solicitors' firm- Hannah Laming, Peters & Peters LLP 

  • Outstanding achievement by a public service barrister- David Browitt, Government Legal Department 

  • Employed advocate of the year- Matthew Gowen, Birketts LLP 

  • Young employed barrister of the year- Matthew Johnston, Government Legal Department 

  • Employed barrister of the year- Camilla de Silva, Serious Fraud Office. 

Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, said: "The winners and the shortlisted nominees, as well as the 200 employed barristers at the Awards are a demonstration of the exceptional quality we have in the employed Bar. Much of their work, until now, has not been celebrated. The Awards, as well as other work the Bar Council is committed to undertake relating to the employed Bar, is changing that trend." 


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