Sir John Laws to return to 39 Essex Chambers

Sir John Laws to return to 39 Essex Chambers


Chambers is delighted to announce that The Rt. Hon Sir John Laws is to re-join the set as a door tenant.

Sir John was appointed a High Court judge in 1992, and in 1999 appointed to the Court of Appeal. He retired in 2016 to take up the one-year post of A. L. Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at Cambridge University.

Prior to his judicial career, Sir John had a highly successful practice at the Bar. He was called in 1970 and practised from 39 Essex Chambers (formerly 2 Garden Court) throughout his career. He was appointed First Junior Counsel to the Treasury (Common Law) in 1984 and a Recorder in 1985.

Sir John is President of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); the Bar European Group and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.

Sir John Laws says:

“It is a real pleasure to me to return to my old chambers, where I hope to do some useful work in the fields of public law and constitutional law.”

Joint Heads of Chambers at 39 Essex Chambers, Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC add:

 “We are delighted to welcome Sir John Laws back to Chambers after his distinguished judicial career. His extensive experience, both as a barrister and judge, will prove a great asset to Chambers.”

Sir John joins Chambers with immediate effect.

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