Radio 4 profiles Red Lion Consultant Baroness Heather Hallett

June 13, 2023

Radio 4 has profiled Red Lion Consultant Baroness Heather Hallett with presenter Mark Coles speaking to friends and peers about her extraordinary legal career and journey in law.

A former judge and a cross-bench peer Baroness Heather Hallett was called to the Bar in 1972. She practised family, civil and criminal law, eventually specialising in criminal
law. In 1989 she became a QC and was the first woman to chair the Bar Council in 1998. She was only the fifth woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2005 and
was appointed vice president of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in 2013.

In 2009 she acted as coroner at the inquest into the deaths of the 52 victims of the July 7th London 2005 bombings and took over the inquest ( now Inquiry) of Dawn Sturgess who died in the Salisbury Novichok poisonings before being appointed and taking the position of the Chair of the Inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

Baroness Heather Hallett retired as a judge in 2019 and currently sits as a life peer.

In 2020, she joined Red Lion Consulting, set up by Dame Linda Dobbs which offers expertise to law firms, governments, NGOs and corporations.
More info: [RLconsulting]

On Tuesday 6 June 2023, Baroness Heather Hallett’s appointment as chair of the Covid 19 inquiry commenced where she will be looking at the UK’s response to the pandemic.
The past few weeks has seen a legal battle with the Government over the Inquiry’s refusal to withdraw her order for the government to hand over unredacted material for the
investigation. See news story: [BBC News]

Listen to Radio 4 Programme which aired on 11 June 2023 here: [BBC Radio 4]
Desert Island Discs 2021- listen here: [BBC Sounds]
Interview with RLC member Nina Tavakoli for Counsel Magazine here: [Counsel Magazine]