FAS Lawyers of the Year 2018

Jim Skelsey (BSB)

Congratulations Jim (BSB) who ran the London marathon again, and despite the heat set a great time and PB of sub 4 hours. He also raised a shed-load of money for his charity here

Peter Fallen (Edward Fail solicitors) and Sean Caulfield (HJA)

Peter is a contemporary of mine from Edward Fail where we both trained, and Sean a former colleague from when I worked at HJA and he is now a partner. Both are great lawyers, calm steadfast and reliable, and held in the highest regard by clients, colleagues and friends. I am privileged to count both as friends, and when I encountered some personal difficulties this year, both were staunch in their support. I thank you both.

Rebecca Cooke  (Shearman Bowen )

Rebecca is Senior Associate at Shearman Bowen. One thing you learn quickly when practicing as an independent advocate, is that there is a wide range of quality in the preparation of cases that you receive by way of instruction. Rebecca is at the very top level of that range, and a pleasure to work with.

Peter Csemiczky. Congratulations to LCCSA committee member Peter Csemiczky who earlier this year tenaciously and successfully defended someone being prosecuted by me in a private prosecution, and who also this year joined the partnership at Hickman Rose.

Len Hodkin (GT Stewart)

Len, criminal lawyer with GT Stewart, courageously attended and represented the family at the inquest into the tragic unlawful killing of his Mum Sally in 2011 (details including his comments here ). Len continues to support the charity Hundred Families ( read an earlier guest blog by Len about that here)

Miranda Ching

Miranda co-organised and co-presented an artistic contemporary revisit of a medieval “Animal Trial” -see here). Miranda, a former colleague of mine at HJA, left private practice with Peters and Peters at the end of 2018 to join the Serious fraud Office. Another loss to the criminal defence fraternity. Good luck!

And special mentions to….

Robert Tolhurst on re-joining the independent bar and taking tenancy in Birmingham)

Mark Cotter QC on getting married 🎩

Jon Black, on resuming Presidency of the LCCSA