Birmingham’s standing as the finest legal centre outside the capital has been given a further boost as three more barristers were sworn in as Queen’s Counsel.
Francis Laird QC, Richard Atkins QC and Alistair MacDonald QC, all from St Philips Chambers, attended the official swearing in ceremony before the Lord Chancellor at the Palace of Westminster.
Mr Laird QC and Mr Atkins QC were called to the Bar in 1986 and 1989 respectively and are both criminal practitioners on the Midlands Circuit and both sit as Recorders of the Crown Court.
Mr MacDonald QC, who was called to the Bar in 1995, is one of the youngest QCs to be appointed this year. He specialises exclusively in the law relating to children, concentrating on complex public law cases in the High Court.
James Burbridge QC, head of St Philips Chambers, said: “We are very proud to announce the appointment of three new QCs at St Philips. Richard and Francis will further increase the already formidable expertise within the criminal group at St Philips and their appointment will help continue to drive the group forward.
“Alistair is already established as a leading expert in his field. This is a truly well deserved honour and reflection of his ability and commitment to be appointed as Queen’s Counsel.
"This news is also welcomed by the family group as he will be the first Family QC at St Philips for some years.
“All three barristers will relish this opportunity to expand their expertise within their field and develop in their new role as Queen’s Counsel.”
Other barristers from Birmingham, including Mark Anderson and David Mason from No5 Chambers, have also been made QCs.