The Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021 has honoured Lord Pannick QC with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lord Pannick QC has long been one of the UK’s most highly regarded advocates, practicing in a broad range of areas but with a particular emphasis on public law, human rights and constitutional law. He has been involved in many of the leading public law cases of the last 30 years, acting for the Sunday Times in Spycatcher; representing Debbie Purdy in her litigation about assisted suicide, establishing in the European Court of Human Rights that the armed forces could not dismiss gay men and women because of their sexual orientation, and acting for the Home Secretary in upholding the legality of the whole life tariff for Myra Hindley, one of the Moors Murderers. More recently, he twice acted successfully for Gina Miller in the Supreme Court, establishing after the Brexit referendum that this country could not exit the EU without an Act of Parliament and, in 2019, that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had unlawfully advised the Queen to prorogue Parliament for a lengthy period of time.
Lord Pannick QC appeared in 100 cases in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords before it was replaced by the Supreme Court in 2009, and over 30 cases since then in the Supreme Court, as well as in more than 25 cases in the European Court of Justice, over 30 cases in the European Court of Human Rights, and numerous cases in the courts of Hong Kong and other jurisdictions. He has been a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, since 1978. Lord Pannick QC was nominated by the House of Lords Appointments Commission for a life peerage as a crossbencher in 2008.
Recently, Lord Pannick QC delivered the 2021 Hamlyn Lecture Series on the subject of Advocacy. The three lectures in the series, ‘The Essence of Advocacy’, ‘The Morality of Advocacy’ and ‘The Future of Advocacy’, took place on 9-11 November and were hosted in different locations around the UK. He also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Law In Action this month, discussing the lasting value of courtroom advocacy, and has written an article for The Times on the same subject, available here.
Lord Pannick was presented with his award at the ceremony in London on the evening of 18 November 2021.
The Chambers UK Bar Awards also saw Sir James Eadie QC named Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year, with Blackstone Chambers winning Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year.
Blackstone Chambers was also shortlisted for the following awards:
- Competition Set of the Year
- Competition Junior of the Year - Tristan Jones
- Media, Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection Silk of the Year - Ian Mill QC
- Professional Discipline Set of the Year
- Tax Silk of the Year - Sam Grodzinski QC