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We are delighted to announce that Tim Otty QC has been shortlisted for The Halsbury Award for Rule of Law in the Lexis Nexis Legal Awards 2022.

Tim Otty QC is recognised as a leading practitioner in public international law, state and diplomatic immunity, sanctions law, public law and civil liberties and human rights law. Throughout his career he has used his legal expertise to challenge discriminatory legislation around the world. Tim founded the Human Dignity Trust in 2011, which remains the only organisation working globally to support strategic litigation to challenge laws that persecute people based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The organisation works with LGBT activists and lawyers around the world to defend human rights in countries where private, same-sex, consensual sexual activity is criminalised. Since its inception, the Trust has provided technical legal expertise to LGBT people pursuing the protection of their human rights through the courts in 25 countries across five continents, receiving more than £18 million of pro bono technical legal assistance.

Further information on the Human Dignity Trust can be found here

Blackstone Chambers also nominated the charity Bridging the Bar for the Lexis Nexis Award for Diversity and Inclusion. We are pleased to announce that it has also been shortlisted for its fantastic work promoting equal opportunities and diversity at the Bar. It was founded to help students who – owing to disability, ethnic background, socio-economic background, education or sexuality – are statistically underrepresented in the profession. Further information on Bridging the Bar can be found here

The Lexis Nexis Legal Awards 2022 will take place on Wednesday 30th March in London. The full shortlist can be found here

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