The awards ceremony took place on Fleet Street on 24 October in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work by a Barrister or Chambers.
The nominations were:
· George Molyneaux for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year
· Blackstone Chambers for Pro Bono Chambers of the Year
Assessment criteria include time commitment, the importance of the assistance given, innovation, inspiration or example in the work undertaken, commitment to the pro bono ethic and the promotion of pro bono work.
George Molyneaux has been commended for his extraordinary commitment to pro bono work, having devoted an astonishing 450 recorded hours to this over the past year and worked on a number of cases which will continue to have significant consequences for many individuals beyond just those party to the case.
Blackstone Chambers has been nominated for its Legal Report for the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict, headed by Shaheed Fatima QC. The study investigates whether existing international law norms and institutions provide adequate protection for children in armed conflict, with the aspiration of developing a consolidated instrument to protect these children. Over 4,000 hours have been spent on the report.
Click here for the full 2018 shortlist.