Recent History

27. Feb 2017

Members of Chambers have appeared in many leading cases over the last seventy years. They have furnished numerous circuit judges and the recent Recorder of London, Peter Beaumont QC., and the current chief coroner, Mark Lucraft QC.    Michael Havers’ ex-pupil, Derek Spencer, continued the Law Officer connection …

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Growth and Expansion

27. Feb 2017

David Cocks oversaw a policy of expansion during the 1990s. The Chelmsford annexe was acquired in 1996 and our membership expanded to 37. Kenneth Darvil was appointed Chief Clerk in November 1993 with Mark Bennett (Practice Director) his deputy. Between them they ran a highly …

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Davies and Havers Era

27. Feb 2017

Alun Talfan Davies QC was invited to become the new head of Chambers after Fred Lawton was made a judge in 1961. Alun Davies appeared with other members in the legendary case of Griffiths, the lime fraud case (Regina v Griffiths and others; CCA 1965). …

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Our Early Years under Lawton

27. Feb 2017

Fred Lawton subsequently built up a highly successful common law practice. Some of his well-known pupils included a young Margaret Thatcher and Robin, later Sir Robin Day. Down to earth and with a fiercely analytical mind, he went on the bench and was knighted in 1961, …

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Our Foundations

27. Feb 2017

Red Lion Chambers has an illustrious history. It began in the 1940s when Fred Lawton set up our first home at 5 King’s Bench Walk. He was subsequently joined by Barry Hudson, who later became a distinguished defence silk. At about the same time, Chambers …

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