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Judges appointment process

Barker Brooks seek to appoint the very best of the profession each year to join the judging panel for the awards.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the selection process is fair and objective and includes experts from across the industry. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.

Judges give their time for free to judge the awards.

The organisers are sincerely grateful to the following individuals who make up this year’s panel…

Marilyn Stowe

Chair of the Judging Panel

David Barraclough

Yorkshire Union of Law Societies

Natalie Cosgrove


Simon Stell


Nathalie Stewart


Gordon Exall

Zenith Chambers

Robert Hill

Retired District Judge

Bill Barton

Barton Legal

Charlotte Parkinson

Leeds Junior Lawyers Division

Sarah Cookson

Huddersfield and Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society