Catz Alumni in Legal News

Two Catz alumni are to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.  Adam Rosenthal (1998, Law with French Law) and Andrew Grantham (1988, Jurisprudence) were approved by Her Majesty the Queen along with 112 other barristers and solicitors earlier this year, and will be officially appointed on Monday 16th March 2020.

Adam Rosenthal, a member of Falcoln Chambers, London, works within the field of property litigation, and his work includes all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant-related litigation and advice. Of his appointment, Adam said that “I am delighted to have been appointed Queen’s Counsel.  I was lucky to have a great start to my legal career in St Catz and I have very fond memories of my time as a Catz undergrad.”

Andrew Grantham, a member of Kings Chambers in Manchester, practices in commercial and chancery dispute resolution, including arbitration and international disputes. He has also lectured at Wadham College, Oxford, and King’s College, London.  Following the announcement, Andrew said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a QC and am looking forward with enthusiasm to the challenges ahead.”

The prestigious office of Queen’s Counsel is conferred by the Crown and recognised by courts, and is commonly known as “taking silk.”  The appointments represent “a time-honoured recognition of excellence,” according to Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP.

In other legal news, in January 2020 Lisa Roberts QC (1988, English) became Leader of the Northern Circuit. She is in charge of the 1,200 barristers on her Circuit for the next three years and is only the second woman in the Circuit’s 800-year history to hold the post; the last one being in 1973.

Said Lisa of her appointment: “I am thrilled. It is a great honour and brings with it huge responsibilities to my members as well as all sorts of leadership challenges.  I will balance the role alongside my criminal and regulatory practice at Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester.”

From left to right: Adam Rosenthal, Lisa Roberts and Andrew Grantham