David Pan­nick be­comes a mem­ber of the House of Lords

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

LEAD­ING HU­MAN-RIGHTS lawyer David Pan­nick QC has been ap­pointed to the House of Lords. He has been made a life peer and will sit on the cross benches, the place for those who do not rep­re­sent a po­lit­i­cal party.

“I’m very ex­cited,” Mr Pan­nick, 52, tells Peo­ple. “Part of my role will be to con­trib­ute to de­bates on hu­man-rights is­sues and play a part in com­mit­tees in help­ing to en­sure that draft leg­is­la­tion meets high stan­dards of le­gal­ity.”

Recog­nised as one of the “stars at the bar”, Mr Pan­nick — who will have to get used to Lord Pan­nick -— will con­tinue in prac­tice at the bar. A bar­ris­ter at Black­stone Cham­bers, he has rep­re­sented clients from the Chief Rabbi to the Queen. Last week, he was at the High Court rep­re­sent­ing Debbie Purdy, a woman suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis who is seek­ing to clar­ify the law on as­sisted sui­cide.

He also acts for for­mer North­ern Rock share­hold­ers, who claim the com­pen­sa­tion they re­ceived when their shares were na­tion­alised was un­fair and so un­law­ful.

A fa­ther-of-five, Mr Pan­nick is chair­man of the Bri­tish Friends of the He­brew Uni­ver­sity Le­gal Group. He lives in Radlett, Hert­ford­shire.

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