James Lewis and Clive Coleman scoop the Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards for 2007-2008

JAMES Lewis, writing for Legal Business, and Clive Coleman, of BBC Radio Four, have won the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Awards for 2007 - 2008. Since 1991, the Bar Council has presented an annual award in both print and broadcast categories for outstanding legal reporting. The judging panel this year consisted of:


  • Tim Dutton QC, Chairman of the Bar Council;
  • Ed Stourton, the Today programme, BBC Radio Four;
  • Michael Todd QC, Chairman, Bar Conference; and
  • Desmond Browne QC, Vice-Chairman of the Bar.


Commenting on the award winners, Tim Dutton QC, said: ‘We were delighted with the calibre of entries in both print and broadcast categories, but sadly there could only be one winner in each. Eventually, the judging panel decided to give the broadcasting award to Clive Coleman, for his Law in Action piece on judicial review, broadcast on 11th March 2008, which dealt with a complex issue in a clear and engaging way". Commenting on the print media award, Dutton said: "In the print media section the judges were particularly impressed by James Lewis’s piece in ‘Legal Business', from April 2008, which set out in a detailed and informative way the nuances of the BAE systems case. On behalf of my fellow judges, I congratulate the winners and extend thanks to all the other entrants.”

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