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Law School alumnus recognised in Legal Aid award

Published: 26 September 2017
Philip Rule
Baroness Doreen Lawrence presented Philip Rule with the award for Legal Aid Barrister

A Law School alumnus has been recognised in the 2017 legal aid awards. Founded in 2003, the awards are organised on a not-for-profit basis by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, to celebrate the work of publicly-funded lawyers.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence presented Philip Rule of No5 Chambers with the award for Legal Aid Barrister of the year 2017, sponsored by The Bar Council. Philip was nominated in recognition of his work in public law, civil liberties, human rights, prisoners’ rights and criminal defence, and received many glowing testimonials from clients. Called to the Bar in 2001, Legal 500 rates him as a first-tier leading junior in public law recognised for specialism in human rights cases and experience in the highest courts.

Philip said: “It was truly humbling to receive the award of Legal Aid Barrister of the Year, given the high calibre of the others nominated and shortlisted for the award, and also because it meant a lot to me personally to hear the comments from solicitors and other counsel in the support I received for the award. I would also like the award to be on behalf of those who everyday apply themselves selflessly to legal aid work up and down the country in the criminal and family courts, in prisons, housing, inquest and social welfare cases.”

In 2017, Philip was called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, and is an attorney-at-law at that Bar in addition to being a practising barrister of the Bar of England & Wales.

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