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LSE law professor appointed honorary QC

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Professor Paul Davies of LSE's Law Department will be officially appointed an honorary Queen's Counsel (QC) at a ceremony in Westminster Hall on Monday 16 October.

Professor Davies has been Cassel Professor of Commercial Law at the School since 1998. He has written widely on company law and employment law, and is the editor of the Industrial Law Journal. He played a major part in the recent Company Law Review and other policy working groups.

He is also an alumnus of the School, having graduated with an LLM in 1969. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, Bordeaux, Bonn, Witwatersrand and the Rand Afrikaans University. Before joining LSE, he previously taught at the University of Oxford (as Fellow in Law at Balliol College and Professor of the Law of the Enterprise in the University) and at the University of Warwick, where he began his academic career.

Professor Hugh Collins, head of the Law Department, said: 'This is a fitting tribute to Professor Davies who is the pre-eminent scholar in company law in England today and who has also made major contributions to the field of labour law. On behalf of the Department, it is a pleasure to congratulate him on this honour.'

The award of Queen's Counsel honoris causa is made to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts. It is announced through the government's Department for Constitutional Affairs.

He joins other full-time members of the department who have been appointed as QCs, including Professor Chris Greenwood, Centennial Professor Ross Cranston and Emeritus Professors Carol Harlow, Lord Wedderburn and Michael Zander, as well as visiting professors.



These are the first honorary QC appointments since the new interim scheme in England and Wales was established. A small selection panel chaired by Alex Allan, the Departmental Permanent Secretary, considered nominations made by the legal professions, the judiciary, and the Society of Legal Scholars, and made recommendations to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Falconer of Thoroton. The Secretary of State has satisfied himself that the panel's recommendations were consistent with the high standards of the honorary QC rank, and passed the recommendations to Her Majesty. For more on the appoints, see

Press cuttings

The Times
Two of City's brightest honoured for contribution to English law (13 Oct 06)
Paul Davies, a professor of commercial law at the London School of Economics was among a group of six lawyers elevated today to the rank of Honorary QC, a titular position bestowed for recognition of an outstanding contribution to English law.

PR Newswire
Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa in England & Wales, 2006 (13 Oct 06) 

Posted 16 October 2006