Janet Gaymer appointed an honorary QC

Simmons & Simmons’ first female senior partner Janet Gaymer has been appointed as honorary QC in the latest honoris causa awards.

Gaymer, who was the first female senior partner at a top 10 City firm and now is the commissioner for public appointments, was recommended for her work on the development of employment law.

The former Simmons senior partner was one of the most eminent employment law practitioners for years and set up the Employment Lawyers Association.

Gaymer is one of five to receive the gong which will be made at the silk appointments ceremony to be held in Westminster Hall on 28 March, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced today (10 March).

The MoJ said: “As in previous years, the honorary rank recognises lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.”

The selections were made by a panel which considered nominations from the legal profession, the judiciary and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Previous lawyers to receive the gong include Allen & Overy and Irwin Mitchell’s senior partners Guy Beringer and Michael Napier.

Honorary QC 2008

Professor Margaret Brazier: Professor of law and co-director of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester.
Recommended for: her work on medical law.

Professor David Feldman: The Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge
Recommended for: his work in public law fields, particularly civil liberties and human rights.

Janet Gaymer: The Commissioner for Public Appointments
Recommended for: her work on the development of employment law.

Professor Richard Macrory: Professor at the Faculty of Laws, University College London
Recommended for: his work on the development of environmental law.

Professor Martin Partington: Recently retired from the Law Commission
Recommended for: his work in a number of fields such as housing and tribunal law as well as his service as a Law Commissioner.