Jonathan Rayner and Joshua Rozenberg scoop the Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards for 2008-2009

JONATHAN Rayner, writing for the Law Society Gazette, and Joshua Rozenberg have won the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Awards for 2008 - 2009.

Jonathan Rayner’s piece, published in the Law Society Gazette on the 5th March 2009, addressed his son’s mental illness and his journey through the health and justice systems. Joshua Rozenberg’s winning broadcast entry was his programme for Radio 4, Top Dogs, which was broadcast on the 8th September 2009. This programme addressed the genesis and role of the Supreme Court, and was produced by Simon Coates.


Commenting on the award winners, Desmond Browne QC said: “We were pleased 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 Joshua Rozenberg, for his piece on the Supreme Court, which dealt with a complex issue in a clear and engaging way, and contained some really informative input from the key players who shaped the emergence of the Supreme Court. The panel were also impressed with Clive Coleman’s Law in Action piece on double jeopardy, which we felt clearly deserved to be commended. In the print media section the judges felt that Jonathan Rayner’s piece on the difficulties facing those suffering from mental illness was a piece which gave an insight into a difficult area of the justice system, from a very personal perspective. Elaine Jinks-Turner’s piece for the Halifax Evening Courier was commended for its take on the day-to-day work of a regional barrister.

On behalf of my fellow judges, I would like to congratulate the winners and extend thanks to all the other entrants.”

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