Fraud office lawyer awarded for work on Rolls-Royce deal

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Jul 04, 2017
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Also recognised in the Bar Council's employed barrister awards was Matthew Gowen, the employed advocate of the year

A lawyer who was instrumental in the landmark deferred prosecution deal with Rolls-Royce has been named as the Bar Council’s employed barrister of the year.

Camilla de Silva, who is part of the legal team at the Serious Fraud Office, was commended for playing a pivotal role in only the third arrangement of its kind in the UK. The deal resulted in more than half a billion pounds being paid to the Treasury in fines.

De Silva and five other barristers were recognised in the Bar’s first ever set of awards for the employed profession.

Matthew Johnston, a barrister with the Government Legal Department who is attached to the Home Office, picked up the prize for young employed lawyer. He was cited for playing a vital role in the government’s work on the Mediterranean migration crisis. The council said he was“instrumental in leading the Home Office and UK government when influencing an EU-driven agreement to enable more refugees to remain in Turkey”.

The other winners were: Commander Carolyn Kenyon of the Royal Navy Legal Services, who was awarded for outstanding performance by a forces barrister; David Browitt of the Department for Transport legal team, which is also part of the Government Legal Department, for outstanding achievement by a public service barrister; Matthew Gowen, of the law firm Birketts, who was the employed advocate of the year; and Hannah Laming of law firm Peters & Peters, who picked up the prize for outstanding achievement by a barrister in a corporate organisation or solicitors’ firm.

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