The shadow attorney general Baroness Scotland has joined family chambers 4 Paper Buildings as a member.
Scotland took a break from the bar when she became the first-ever female attorney general in 2007. She continues to serves in the shadow cabinet.
Head of chambers Jonathan Cohen QC said Scotland’s practice fits with the set’s portfolio.
“She brings a numbers of things to chambers,” he added. “She has a wider dimension than those who are working day in and day out in the law. She has a lot of interests, especially in international law, and that fits well with us.”
Initially Scotland will continue in her political role, although Cohen said she would have a “substantial workload”.
“She’s a person of enormous energy; I have no doubt she’ll be able to marry her practice together with her responsibilities,” Cohen said.
As attorney general Scotland became synonymous with diversity initiatives within the profession. In 2009 she launched the Youth Network (11 May 2009), which sees the Crown Prosecution Service deliver legal modules for secondary school pupils. The aim was to encourage people from a more diverse background to consider a career in the law.
Scotland was appointed silk in 1991 at the age of 35, becoming the youngest-ever female QC.