John Malpas reports
RICHARD Henriques QC has been appointed leader of the northern circuit.
Henriques, of Dean Court Chambers in Manchester's Crown Square, takes over from Rodney Klevan QC, of nearby 18 St John Street.
Klevan recently launched an unsuccessful bid to win the Bar Council vice-chairmanship.
Henriques was selected after a ballot of the 800 barristers on the circuit, which stretches from Carlisle to Merseyside and over to Manchester.
"I'm delighted to have been chosen, this is a challenging time for the Bar and I'm looking forward to the job," he said.
Henriques was called to the Bar in 1967 by the Inner Temple and has built up a large criminal practice.
He was appointed a Crown Court Recorder in 1984 and became a Queen's Counsel two years later.
He will take up his post as circuit leader on 1 January.