Members of Halsbury’s Law Exchange are leading figures in the legal world, representing a diversity of expertise across the profession, who have considerable influence. Through their papers, reports, expert analysis and media pieces, across a broad range of legal topics, this community of great legal minds forms a powerful voice within the legal profession and beyond.
Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon) is Britain’s best-known commentator on the law. He is the only full-time journalist to have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel honoris causa. All other honorary silks have been practitioners or legal academics. After taking a law degree at Oxford he trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1976.
He is an honorary Master of the Bench (bencher) of Gray’s Inn and holds honorary doctorates in law from the University of Hertfordshire (1999), Nottingham Trent University (2012), the University of Lincoln (2014) and the University of Law (2014). He is accredited as a mediator by the ADR group, though he does not practise. In 2012, Joshua was included by The Times in its independently-judged list of the UK’s 100 most influential lawyers, the only journalist to feature in the Times Law 100.
Joshua was the BBC’s legal correspondent for 15 years before moving in 2000 to The Daily Telegraph. He resigned as the newspaper’s legal editor in the summer of 2007 but continued writing a weekly column until the end of 2008.
A decade after he left the BBC, Joshua returned in 2010 to present the popular Radio 4 series Law in Action, a programme he had launched in 1984. Also in 2010, he also accepted an invitation to chair Halsbury’s Law Exchange, an independent and politically neutral think-tank. He writes twice a month for the Law Society Gazette. From 2010 to 2016, he wrote a weekly commentary for the Guardian website. His columns and commentaries now appear on his Facebook page. Joshua is known for his independence, his authority and his ability to explain complicated legal issues with simplicity, clarity and wit. Because he trained as a lawyer before becoming a legal journalist, he is often the first port of call for broadcasters faced with a breaking legal story. He appears regularly on Sky News, the BBC news channel and other news networks in the UK and abroad. Well respected by lawyers and the judiciary, Joshua is often asked to chair or address legal conferences and other corporate events.
He has a particular interest in constitutional reform, dating back to his time as producer of The Week in Westminster on Radio 4. Freedom of expression is another of his interests, and he wrote the well-reviewed book Privacy and the Press for Oxford University Press (2004, updated 2005; Chinese edition 2012). Earlier books include Trial of Strength, which examined the tensions between ministers and judges under the last Conservative Government, The Search for Justice, an anatomy of the law in the mid-1990s and The Case for the Crown, which charted the launch of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Khawar Qureshi QC
commercial and international law
Khawar Qureshi QC specialises in commercial litigation, international arbitration and public international law. Khawar is a Visiting Professor in commercial law at the University of London. Before taking Silk in 2006 Khawar was an “A” Panel Treasury Counsel, advising and appearing on behalf of UK government ministers and departments on many high-profile public law matters.
Timothy Pitt Payne QC
Timothy Pitt Payne, a barrister at 11 Kings Bench Walk, practises in employment law and public law, and in related aspects of commercial, European and human rights law. He has a particular expertise in information law and is a Visiting Professor in information law at Northumbria University. He has appeared before the Information Tribunal in numerous cases in relation to freedom of information, data protection and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. He appeared in 12 of the 14 cases determined by the Information Tribunal at an oral hearing in 2005 and 2006 and has also appeared before the National Security Panel of the Information Tribunal.
John Cooper QC
Director of Press and Media Relations
John Cooper QC is a leading criminal law and human rights barrister. In 2008 he was shortlisted by the Law Society, Liberty and JUSTICE as human rights barrister of the year for his work representing bereaved families in the Nimrod, Hercules, Deepcut and Gordon Gentle cases. He is vice chairman of the Bar Council’s Public Affairs Committee, he is editor of the Criminal Bar Quarterly, and is consultant editor of Criminal Law & Justice Weekly. He is also Honorary Visiting Professor of Law at Cardiff University. John writes regularly for many national newspapers including The Observer. For further details of John’s work, please see his website.
Nigel Boardman, a partner at Slaughter and May, has a broad practice which includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, private equity, public takeovers, issues of compliance and corporate governance and insolvency, restructurings and investigations. He is ranked as a leading individual for corporate and M&A in Chambers Directory and has been honoured with the Directory’s lifetime achievement award. He is also listed as the City’s most influential lawyer in City AM’s “Power Hundred” list, 2009. He was recently included by the Evening Standard in their review of the most influential people in London and by The Times in their 100 most influential people in business.
legal sector strategy
Tony Williams is a consultant to the legal industry who operates through his consultancy business Jomati Consultants LLP. In Jomati, Tony advises a wide range of US, UK, Continental European and Asia Pacific law firms on a range of strategic and operational issues. Prior to establishing Jomati, Tony had been with Clifford Chance for almost 20 years including serving in the firm’s Hong Kong and Moscow offices. He was elected managing partner of Clifford Chance in 1997. In 2000 he left Clifford Chance to lead Andersen Legal which in 2001 was the ninth largest law firm in the world in turnover. Following the collapse of Andersen in 2002, he lead the break up of Andersen Legal and the dissolution of Garretts (the English Andersen Legal firm). The Jomati website contains details of the Jomati business and various articles written by Tony and his colleagues. Tony can be contacted at .
Tony is also the consultant editor of Law Business Review
Stephen Hockman QC
Stephen Hockman QC took Silk in 1990, became head of chambers at 6 Pump Court in 1997, and was the Chairman of the Bar in 2006. He is also a Deputy High Court Judge, a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple, and a Visiting Professor of Law at the City University. The focus of his professional practice is regulatory, environmental and health and safety law. He has made a special study of the law relating to climate change, on which he speaks regularly, and is working on a proposal for an International Court for the Environment (ICE). He is a former member of the Council of English Nature, now Natural England, the statutory body charged with nature conservation. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Sustainability for the Ministry of Defence. In the voluntary sector, he is immediate past chairman of the Environmental Law Foundation, a trustee of ClientEarth and a member of the Advisory Council of Advocates for International Development.
David Greene, a partner in Edwin Coe, is head of the litigation and dispute resolution team and specialises in commercial litigation including competition claims and claims on behalf of shareholders. He has worked on numerous high profile cases including the Railtrack shareholders’ action against the Government, Northern Rock, Resort Hotels and E-District. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR accredited mediator. He is also an assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In addition, he is immediate past President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and a Council member of the Law Society. His seat is for international practice. David was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee in 1997. He was then appointed in 2002 as a member of the Civil Justice Council. He is the author of Civil Procedure Rules, an associate editor of Civil Practice Manual, on the editorial board of Butterworths’ The Civil Court Practice (the Green Book), a contributor to the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Manual and the author of two titles for Atkins Court Forms. David is also consultant editor on .
Declan O’Dempsey specialises in sensitive and difficult employment, discrimination, public and regulatory law. He practices in all areas of employment work, trade union cases (including strike injunctions) data protection, confidentiality, and ECHR human rights law. He was involved in the Heyday case – judicial review of regulations enabling forced retirement of workers – and intervened for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Seldon v ClarksonWright & Jakes which concerned the justification of retirement ages for partners. He acted in Azmi v Kirklees MBC (the case of the veil wearing teaching assistant). He was also instructed on behalf of the Gurkha Welfare Association. Over the course of his practice, he has acted in many legally aided areas, such as immigration, personal injury, certain employment cases, and detention cases. He also has a long history of doing pro bono work and has been a member of the Bar’s Law Reform and Equality and Diversity Committees where issues of public funding have been pertinent. He was chief organiser of the Bar Council’s conference workshop on the family funding cuts (and their equality implications). These and the criminal funding changes, together the changes following from Clementi, are all matters on which he is working.
Nick Jarrett Kerr
legal sector strategy
Nick Jarrett Kerr is a founding member of strategic consultancy firm NJK, a thought leader in matters of strategy in law firms, law firm governance and in client relationship management. He is also on the editorial board of and leader of the strategy module on Nottingham Law School’s MBA Programme.
Felicity Gerry has a criminal practice specialising in serious fatal, sexual, financial and violent offences. She has been instructed in several high profile trials involving domestic extremism, infant death or serious injury, gang related murder and serious violence as well as substantial allegations of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration and people trafficking (often as leading junior). As a “rape specialist” advocate, Felicity is particularly experienced in complex and lengthy trials concerning recent or historic sexual crime. Felicity is the co-author of The Sexual Offences Handbook published 2009. Her financial work has included the prosecution of a fraud where the defendant obtained substantial sums by setting up a fake investment bank, prosecuting a large operation at a storage facility involving stolen goods, drugs and goods liable to duty and defending in a multi million pound money laundering operation. She has a niche practice in agricultural and wildlife offences having, for example, defended a farmer for shooting a trespasser and a taxidermist for alleged trade in endangered species. She has contributed to BBC TV News, Panorama, The Big Questions, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and Law in Action, BBC Radio 2 and 5 Live and Sky News. She writes regularly for the broadsheet and legal press, has lectured with the OU and recorded podcasts.
Lyndon was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2010. He specialises in criminal law, particularly sentencing. In 2014 he became the General Editor of Current Sentencing Practice and The Sentencing Referencer, and the Editor of the Criminal Appeal Reports (Sentencing), taking over from the late Dr David Thomas QC. He is also a co-author of The Sexual Offences Handbook (2nd edition). Previously, Lyndon co-wrote Banks on Sentence (6th – 9th editions). Lyndon is regularly asked for comment on criminal law issues and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, Channel 5 News and various local and national BBC Radio stations. He has written for The Times and The New Statesman and writes monthly for Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. In 2012 he established the UK Criminal Law Blog with two barristers. The blog aims to explain the criminal law to lay people and to combat poor and inaccurate law reporting by the mainstream media.