Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

Called to Bar:
Appointed to silk:
Practice areas:
BA (Cantab), LLM (Harvard)
French (working knowledge)

Lord Lester QC is recognised by Chambers UK 2016 as a Senior Statesman in Administrative & Public law and Civil Liberties, with commentary that he is a “significant advocate who has been recognised on numerous occasions for his contribution to the development of public law. He remains involved in cases of significance, particularly where there is a human rights crossover”.  “A stalwart of the London Bar and a highly respected and extremely experienced human rights advocate, who has had an illustrious career acting and advising on the most significant cases affecting the rights of UK nationals and other individuals.”

The Legal 500 2015 ranks Lord Lester QC in Administrative & Public law, (“highly esteemed and accomplished”), and Civil Liberties & Human Rights (“highly accomplished and highly regarded”). 

Lord Lester QC was named in The Times Law 100 2009 listing the most influential lawyers in Britain. Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, a “leading public and constitutional lawyer, is still changing the law and pushing the boundaries of reform”.

Professional Experience

Professional and public experience:

In his long and distinguished career, Lord Lester QC has held many and varied professional and public posts.  His work in the House of Lords has included:

  • 1998-2003 House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions), rejoined 2004 -2008
  • 2000-2004 Joint Select Committee on Human Rights, rejoined 2005 -
  • 1996 Sub-Committee on the 1996 Inter-Governmental Conference
  • 2005 - Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Genocide Prevention
  • 2011-2012 UK Bill of Rights Commission

Amongst his many memberships, honours and awards are:

  • Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn, 1985
  • Queen’s Counsel, Bar of Northern Ireland (1984)
  • Member, Irish Bar
  • The Judges Award For a lifetime of achievement in the service of human rights, Liberty/JUSTICE Human Rights Awards (2007)
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (2009)

A detailed outline of Lord Lester QC’s professional and public experience together with a list of his notable cases is available on request. 

Public Law and Human Rights

Anthony Lester QC is widely recognised as a leading silk in the fields of administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights and employment. In December 2007, Lord Lester QC was given a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Human Rights Awards 2007, sponsored jointly by Liberty and JUSTICE, for his contribution to the promotion of Human Rights in the UK. The awards were announced on 10th December 2007.

Lord Lester QC has for many years been recognised as a leading silk in administrative and public law, and human rights, and has been described as “one of the most knowledgeable and authoritative figures in the field of human rights”. He campaigned for thirty years to make the European Human Rights Convention directly enforceable in British courts and introduced two Private Members’ Bills on the subject which became models for the Human Rights Act 1998. He was also the architect of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Race Relations Act 1976. He campaigned successfully for the Civil Partnership Act and the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act, the Equality Act 2010 and the current Defamation Act 2013.

Lord Lester QC is publishing a book, ‘Five Ideas to Fight For’ in May 2016.

Other relevant experience

Lord Lester QC has written many article, contributed to legal text books and delivered innumerable lectures.  A digest of these is available on request.

Other Information:

VAT registration number:   243941264 

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Significant advocate who has been recognised on numerous occasions for his contribution to the development of public law. 

Chambers UK 2016


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highly esteemed and accomplished 

Legal 500 2015