The Constitutional and Administrative Law Association (ALBA) has appointed Catherine Callaghan QC as Chair of the Executive Committee for a two-year term.
ALBA is the professional association for barristers in England and Wales practising in public law. It is a specialist association of the Bar Council and works closely with them, and with the Bar’s regional Circuits, to promote access to justice and the concerns of public law practitioners.
Prior to this appointment, Catherine was Vice Chair of the Committee for two years. During this time, she coordinated ALBA’s response to the government’s consultation on judicial review reform. In particular, she chaired the ALBA Working Group which produced a response to the call for evidence issued by the Independent Review of Administrative Law in October 2020 and later its full response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on Judicial Review Reform in April 2021 – both available here. Catherine has been practising at the English Bar since 2000, and took silk in 2018. She is recognised in the leading legal directories for her expertise in public and regulatory law, professional discipline, civil liberties & human rights, and employment law. Catherine regularly acts for the UK Government and regulatory bodies, as well as individual claimants, in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court.
Paul Luckhurst has also been appointed as Treasurer of ALBA. Paul is regularly instructed in high profile commercial and public law cases and has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal and before the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The full ALBA Executive Committee listing can be found on their website.