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Ex-consumer panel chief among new faces on CJC

Davies: Studying for masters in dispute resolution

A former chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel and the general editor of Civil Justice Quarterly are among five new members of the Civil Justice Council (CJC).

Elisabeth Davies, who headed the panel for five years, has taken the consumer advice seat on the CJC.

In addition to other non-executive roles with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and General Pharmaceutical Council, Ms Davies is a trustee of the Personal Support Unit and is currently studying for a masters in dispute resolution.

She also serves as an advisory panel member of Professor Stephen Mayson’s independent review of legal services regulation.

Andrew Higgins is the CJC’s new academic member. An Australian lawyer, he is an associate professor of civil procedure at the University of Oxford. He is currently the general editor of Civil Justice Quarterly.

Nick Hanning, a former president of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the new CILEx representative on the CJC.

He is an independent consultant specialising in work-related psychiatric injury claims with London firm Anthony Gold and south coast practice Dutton Gregory. A major figure in the pro bono world, he is already a member of the CJC working party on access to justice for litigants in person, as well as the litigant in person judicial engagement group, and served on the Bach Commission on Access to Justice.

Martin Barnes, chief executive of LawWorks – the name for the Solicitors Pro Bono Group – has joined the CJC as a lay advice member.

He has extensive experience in the charity sector, including working at a Citizens Advice service and as director of the Child Poverty Action Group. He is also a trustee of the Advice Services Alliance.

Rhodri Williams QC, a barrister specialising in EU law, local government law and public and administrative law, has been appointed to the Welsh interests seat.

He has represented the UK government on several occasions before the European Court of Justice, taking silk in 2010. He is treasurer of the Wales and Chester Circuit.