Two Fitz alumni are new QCs

Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 10:30
QC Appointments

Congratulations to alumni Gideon Cammerman (SPS 1991) (left) and Steve Midwinter (Law 1997) (right) who have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) in the 2016-17 competition.

These appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Elizabeth Truss, following consideration by the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

The QC appointment scheme was developed in November 2004 by the Bar Council and the Law Society, with the support of the then Department for Constitutional Affairs, and approved by the then Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State (Lord Falconer). The scheme provides for the identification of the very best advocates rigorously and objectively and promotes fairness, excellence and diversity.

The Master, Nicola Padfield, Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, said: “I am delighted to see Gideon and Steve achieve recognition as QCs. Of course, it rubs in the ageing process: it was but yesterday that I had the pleasure of teaching Steve!  They were both splendid students. Fitzwilliam College continues to have a strong reputation for excellence in law, and it is always a pleasure to note our erstwhile students achieving success and prominence in the legal professions, the judiciary and beyond.”

The new Queen’s Counsel will formally become silks when they make their declaration before the Lord Chancellor at the ceremony on 13 February 2017.

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