This weekend saw a gathering of Chambers Members at Lutyen’s Restaurant to celebrate the careers of some of Chamber’s most learned Members along with Lorraine McHale, who has been the accounts and administration manager for nearly 24 years.

James Badenoch QC established a top class career in his fifty years at Chambers in the fields of Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Professional Discipline, listed in the principal directories as one of the foremost practitioners in those fields. One of his most recent high profile cases was Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board.

Kieran Coonan QC was, for many years, a heavy hitter with extensive experience and expertise in the clinical negligence, professional disciplinary and regulatory fields. He was consistently ranked by Chambers Directory as ‘outstanding’. He chaired public inquiries relating to mental health issues and also appeared for the defence both when a junior and a QC in high profile criminal cases involving difficult scientific or medical issues.

Terence Coghlan QC was a highly regarded silk who focused his time on legal problems arising from medical matters, in particular clinical negligence. He was equally experienced handling landmark cases for defendants as well as acting on behalf of health authorities, trusts, practitioners and health defence organisations. Notably he represented all the health authorities in England and Wales when they were sued in the Myodil multi-party litigation.

Sally Smith QC specialised in Medical law, creating a stellar reputation in Clinical Negligence acting for both claimants and defendants, including class actions. Most recently she wrote a book, Marshall Hall, A Law Unto Himself, which has sold an option on the TV rights. Sally looks forward to developing her career as an author.

Joanna Glynn QC is a well known author on professional discipline and regulation and speaker at conferences concerning expert evidence. This draws on her experience representing regulators and those representing registrants as well as her familiarity with both Infant Homicides and the wider criminal justice system. She is also involved with Amnesty International and the Bar Human Rights Committee, undertaking trial observations in Kenya and Turkey.

Lorraine McHale joined Chambers in 1994 as the first ever Chambers Administrator. She has since seen Chambers double in size.