Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC of Doughty Street Chambers has been appointed lead counsel to represent the appeal by Sir William Jaffray's group of Lloyd's Names.
The selection follows a beauty parade of commercial silks, including Philip Valance QC of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, Michael Howard QC of 4 Essex Court, and John Reeder QC of the former 4 Field Court, now Stone Chambers. Former Holman Fenwick & Willan partner David Charity conducted the beauty parade. After Holman Fenwick, Charity moved to William Stockler & Co which subsequently became Stockler Charity. He now runs his own practice after a spell at a law centre in Essex. Elizabeth Birch, the senior junior at 3 Verulam Buildings, is the preferred junior. She has acted at earlier stages and has been advising in the appeal preparations. James Evans, also of 3 Verulam, has acted for Jaffray, but it is not known if he will be involved in the appeal. This depends very much on a decision by the Legal Services Commission, which has received an application by the Names for legal aid. They are likely to be successful as the Court of Appeal advised that legal aid should be granted. Charles Aldous QC of Maitland Chambers and David Foxton of Essex Court are acting for Lloyd's, instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Four weeks has been set aside from 4 March for the hearing in the Court of Appeal, the first week of which will be a reading week.