Claire Darwin and Aidan O’Neill QC featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100


Claire Darwin and Aidan O’Neill QC are featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list published today. The prestigious list – from leading UK legal magazine The Lawyer – celebrates the work of the top 100 lawyers in the UK from private practice, in-house and the Bar. The list, which is published annually, recognises extraordinary lawyers who have completed ground-breaking work in the past 12 months.

The Lawyer recognised Claire Darwin for her work on a number of significant cases in 2019 including Proprietor of Ashdown House School v JKL and Another [2019] ELR 530 and Samira Ahmed’s equal pay claim against the BBC.  The Lawyer commented:

“This coming year looks to be just as busy, beginning with Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice in the Court of Appeal. Darwin is lead counsel for the Secretary of State as the CoA considers the extent to which the saving or avoidance of costs can justify discrimination.”

Aidan O’Neill QC’s involvement in “the biggest Brexit-related cases” has been recognised by The Lawyer Hot 100. Aidan was victorious back in December 2018 before the Full Court (25 judges) of the European Court of Justice in the case of Wightman, to decide whether Article 50 could be revoked. He also successfully appeared before the 11-judge bench of the UK Supreme Court in September 2019 in the case of Miller 2/Cherry representing Joanna Cherry QC where he unanimously persuaded it to uphold the ruling of the Inner House of the Court of Session regarding Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament. The Lawyer commented:

“While Brexit had been burning in the backs of everyone’s minds during 2019, Matrix Chambers’ Aidan O’Neill QC was holding the torch at the front.”

The full article is available here.