This year’s Legal Reporting Awards have gone to Financial Times legal correspondent, Caroline Binham and the BBC World Service.
Binham won the print category for a piece exposing poor governance at the International Criminal Court, including the lack of legal qualifications of some of its judges. Special mention was given to Mary Riddell’s Daily Telegraph piece ‘Political hysteria puts justice under threat’, on the potential impact of cuts in legal aid.
The BBC World Service’s two-part radio documentary on ‘Power and the Judges’, produced by Lucy Bailey and presented by Laura Lynch, took first place in the broadcast category. It looked at the international significance of the rule of law by comparing legal systems across multiple jurisdictions.
Special mention was given to a piece on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme by Sanchia Berg on litigants in person in the family courts.
This year the awards, established by the Bar Council 20 years ago, were presented by writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe at the Bar Conference.