Catherine Callaghan QC appointed chair of ALBA

ALBA is the professional association for barristers in England and Wales practising in public law. As a specialist association of the Bar Council, it works closely with them, and with the Bar’s regional Circuits, to promote access to justice and the concerns of public law practitioners.

The Constitutional and Administrative Law Association (ALBA) has appointed Catherine Callaghan QC as chair of the Executive Committee for a two-year term.

Additionally, Paul Luckhurst has also been appointed as treasurer. 

Luckhurst is regularly instructed in high profile commercial and public law cases, and he has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal and before the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Meanwhile, prior to Callaghan’s appointment, she was vice chair of the Committee for two years. During this time, she coordinated ALBA’s response to the government’s consultation on judicial review reform. 

She has also chaired the ALBA Working Group which produced a response to the call for evidence issued by the Independent Review of Administrative Law in October 2020, and later its full response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on Judicial Review Reform in April 2021.

In addition, Callaghan has been practising at the English Bar since 2000, and took silk in 2018. She has expertise in public and regulatory law, professional discipline, civil liberties and human rights, and employment law. 

She reportedly acts for the UK Government and regulatory bodies, as well as individual claimants, on a regular basis in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court.

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