The winners of the 2020 Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards have been announced with entries on judicial review reform, a detention centre death inquiry and the high number of suspects being released under investigation taking the top prizes.

Now in its 29th year, the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Awards have continued to attract quality entries from a range of media outlets.

This year’s winner in the broadcast media category was:

Dr Faye Kirkland, Bernadette Kitterick and Adam Walker for their piece on the inquiry into the death of a man at a detention centre on BBC World News and BBC Radio Four: Prince Fosu inquest: Man died 'in plain sight' at detention centre.

The judges also felt that the entry from James Clayton, Melanie Newman and Patrick Cowling from BBC Newsnight “Scandal Brewing” for released under investigation deserved to be Highly Commended.

In the print and online category, the winning article went to Alex Dean of Prospect magazine for his piece Government zealots fix their sights on judicial review.

The competition was open to print/online and broadcast journalists in recognition of the media's role in promoting a greater understanding of the law to the public. The winning entries in each category will be awarded £1,000 in prize money.

The standard of entries was exceptionally high this year. For the first time, the Bar Council chose to shortlist entries to highlight some of the best legal journalism from 2020.


Notes to Editors

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