Clydes senior partner awarded honorary silk

Clyde & Co senior partner Michael Payton is one of five lawyers to be awarded honorary Queen’s Counsel this year.

Michael Payton
Michael Payton

Payton has been senior partner at Clydes since 1984 and has been a key driver behind the firm’s international expansion and growth strategy, including its merger with legacy Barlow Lyde Gilbert last year (24 October 2011). On behalf of Clydes he received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2007.

Stephen Grosz, head of public law and human rights at Bindmans, has also been appointed an honorary QC. This comes a year after Bindmans founder and senior consultant Sir Geoffrey Bindman was awarded honorary silk (1 March 2011).

The other three honorary QC appointments are Professor Dawn Oliver, emeritus professor of constitutional law at University College London; Charles Dhanowa, registrar of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and co-architect of the CAT’s procedural rules; and Professor Sandra Fredman, a barrister and Rhodes professor of the laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at Oxford University.

The honorary QC award is given to lawyers or legal academics that are considered to have made a major contribution to the law in England and Wales.

The announcement comes as the Queen’s Counsel selection board promoted 88 new silks in the latest round of appointments (29 February 2012).

In 2011, six honorary QCs were appointed, including Clifford Chance’s former senior partner Stephen Popham (1 March 2011).