Michael Zander KC

Michael Zander KC

Michael, KC hon causa, is Emeritus Professor LSE. He taught at the London School of Economics (1963-98), was The Guardian’s Legal Correspondent from 1963-88 and in 2015 was awarded the Halsbury Legal Award for Lifetime Contribution.

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Brexit in court

Professor Michael Zander QC assesses the High Court decision and predicts the government is likely to lose its appeal to the Supreme Court

Asked on the day for a first assessment of the decision I wrote: ‘The Divisional Court’s unanimous decision is very clear and very strong. 

21 November 2016

Quality Control of Advocacy

Michael Zander gives his view on the Ministry of Justice’s consultation paper on the Quality of Advocacy

23 November 2015

Passing the buck

Michael Zander QC considers the Justice Committee’s Report on the Criminal Cases Review Commission

The House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s report on the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) makes several strong recommendations but on the central topic it passes the buck to the Law Commission.

26 May 2015

How to lose a Title

Michael Zander reflects on his insider’s view of Tony Benn’s battle to renounce his peerage and remain in the House of Commons.

Fifty-three years ago I was legal adviser to Anthony Wedgwood Benn (as he was then known), in his battle to remain in the House of Commons. At the time I was an articled clerk with Ashurst Morris Crisp & Co. I had met the Benns and was invited to dinner at their house in November 1960, shortly after his father, Lord Stansgate died. He told us how he planned to go about it. I got interested. One thing led to another.

13 June 2014
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Seeking a bright future for the Bar

Sam Townend KC explains the Bar Council’s efforts towards ensuring a bright future for the profession

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