• One of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s first chairs, Marion Simmons QC, has died after losing her battle against cancer. Simmons, who practised at 3-4 South Square, was appointed a chair in 2003 and played a significant part as the tribunal expanded under the Enterprise Act 2002 and the Communications Act 2003.
Paul Cooklin, senior clerk at 3-4 South Square, said: “Marion Simmons QC was a hugely regarded and much-loved member of the bar. Her composed fighting spirit was with her to the end and was witnessed by the many people who came to say goodbye to her in hospital.” In a statement the tribunal said it was “greatly saddened” to report that Simmons had died on 2 May, aged 59.
It continued: “She provided vital leadership and encouragement to colleagues during the interregnum of nearly a year that preceded the arrival of Sir Gerald Barling as the new president in November 2007.”