19 December 2012

New Board member for Bar Standards Board

The Bar Standards Board is pleased to announce that Justine Davidge has been appointed to the Board. Ms Davidge takes up the position vacated by Patricia Robertson QC's appointment as Vice-Chair.

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of the Bar Standards Board Ruth Deech said: "She will bring to the Board the perspective of younger and publicly funded barristers and her experience as Head of Pupillage and as a tutor on the Bar Professional Training Course will also ensure that issues about training and education are well represented at board level."

Justine Davidge said: "With significant, ongoing changes in legal aid funding as well as changes in respect of direct access, the introduction of entities and legal training, the next few years will once again see the pace of change quicken at the Bar. The challenge will be to balance supporting the profession through change while maintaining public confidence. I am looking forward to working with the Board to shape regulation at such a key time."

Justine was called to the Bar in 2001. Since 2004 she has been a tenant at the Chambers of T Raggatt QC at 4 Kings Bench Walk where she has a wide-ranging criminal law based practice with a specialism in fraud and confiscation. She also acts as Head of Pupillage. Justine is panel counsel to the Serious Fraud Office and also to the Welsh Assembly. In addition, she tutors Bar Professional Training Course students in advocacy and ethics, judges moots at Gray's Inn and holds public speaking seminars with law undergraduates. Ms Davidge will take up her membership on 1 January 2013.