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Professor Judith Masson made honorary Queen’s Counsel

Professor Judith Masson of University of Bristol has been appointed honorary Queen's Counsel.

Honorary QCs are awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts.

In confirming the appointment the Ministry of Justice noted:

Judith Masson is a legal academic, and Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bristol. She has worked with Parliament, the Judicial College, the Family Justice Council, and the Family Justice Review, and has taught students, lawyers, social workers, and judges, in the field of public child law. Her work has not only improved understanding of care proceedings and their effects, but has resulted in changes to the law. Her work on the Children Act 1989, for example, involved successfully campaigning for amendments. Following research into the operation of the Act, Judith undertook 6 major studies of emergency child protection and of care proceedings. The first 5 informed the Family Justice Review's reforms to care proceedings, and the final study assessed the operation and impact of those reforms. The findings from these studies have been widely disseminated, and provide the basis for improved practice.

In all, ten Honorary Queen's Counsel were appointed. The other appointments include  Lynda Gibbs who is currently working with the Family Law Bar Association to roll out the training course for family lawyers.

For the full list of honorary appointments, click here.