A Cartwrights associate has become the first solicitor advocate to become one of the Attorney-General's Counsel to the Crown.
Peter Woodhouse, who specialises in employment and tribunal law at the Bristol-based firm, has been appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel).
The appointment has been made for three years initially and he can expect to be handling work from government departments from July.
Woodhouse says of his appointment: "It is recognition of the great strides solicitors have taken in developing advocacy skills.
"The challenge for firms is to structure themselves to be able to offer a service at least as good as that traditionally offered by chambers.
"I look forward to working for the Crown while continuing to develop my private practice."
Woodhouse qualified as a solicitor advocate in 1995 and adds that he has no idea how much work the job will entail.
Woodhouse applied for the position which was advertised nationally and believes that he was selected because of both his specialisation in employment law and his experience in handling other specialisms, including Crown Court jury trials.
"I think they wanted someone who could turn their hand to another area if it came up and I have the flexibility to do that," says Woodhouse.
Among Woodhouse's clients are a top five supermarket and half of the top eight bus companies.