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Professor Judith Masson appointed honorary Queen’s Counsel for her contribution to public child law

Press release issued: 22 January 2020

Judith Masson, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bristol has been appointed honorary Queen's Counsel.

Having previously worked with Parliament, the Family Justice Council, the Judicial College and the Family Justice Review, Judith teaches students, lawyers, social workers, and judges, in the field of public child law.

Judith commented, ‘I am very pleased for the recognition of socio-legal research, particularly my work on care proceedings. It underlines the value to the profession as well as in the University of education based on evidence on the operation of law.'

In confirming the appointment the Ministry of Justice noted:

‘Her work has not only improved understanding of care proceedings and their effects, but has resulted in changes to the law. Her work on the Children Act 1989, for example, involved successfully campaigning for amendments.’

Judith undertook 6 major studies of emergency child protection and care proceedings that included informing the Family Justice Review reforms to care proceedings and a final study assessing the operation and impact of those reforms. The findings from these studies have been published and provide the basis for improved practice.

Honorary QCs are awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts.

In all, ten Honorary Queen's Counsel were appointed.

Further information

Professor Judith Masson studied at Cambridge and Leicester Universities in England, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. Between 1991 and 2005, she was Professor of Law at Warwick University, specialising in child law and socio-legal research. She joined the University of Bristol as Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in January 2006. She teaches Family Law and International Child Law.

Judith is also member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Children's Services, a regular reviewer for journals including Child and Family Law QuarterlyJournal of Law and SocietyChild and Family Social Work and Adoption and Fostering and reviews projects for funding organisations in the UK and Europe .

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