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Axiom Members appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commissions new Panel of Counsel

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Axiom Members appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commissions new Panel of Counsel


02 March 2015

Axiom is delighted to announce that Anna Poole QC, John MacGregor and Dan Byrne have been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new panel of counsel in Scotland.

The panel of counsel will assist the EHRC on all legal issues arising from its mandate to challenge discrimination, and protect and promote human rights. The new appointments will start in March 2015 and run for four years.

Anna Poole QC took silk in 2012. Prior to that she was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government. Her principal areas of legal practice at the bar are public law, judicial review, human rights and EU law.  She has been on the EHRC’s panel of preferred counsel since 2013, and has been reappointed to the A panel.

John MacGregor called to the bar in 2007 and specialises in public and commercial law. He has significant experience the areas of judicial review, public procurement, human rights and civil liberties. He has been a standing junior counsel to the United Kingdom Government since 2009 and is ranked by Chambers & Partners for Public Procurement, Public and Administrative Law and Civil Liberties and Human Rights. He is described as “...a robust and unflappable advocate” and “...one of the very best public law juniors” (Chambers & Partners, 2015). John has been appointed to the EHRC’s B panel.

Dan Byrne called to the bar in 2010 and principally practises in public law. He has broad experience in that field. He acts for both petitioners and respondents. He is a standing junior to the Scottish Government and has been on the EHRC’s panel of preferred counsel since 2013. Dan has been reappointed to the EHRC’s B panel.