The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP, has appointed RLC members Shane Collery QC and Noel Casey as Circuit Judges with effect from 20 August 2021.
Both will sit on the South Eastern Circuit. Both shared a room in Chambers until their appointments and are looking forward to beginning their new roles.
Shane Collery QC was called to the Bar in 1988 and took Silk in 2018. He has been Standing Counsel to five Government departments or agencies since 2002 and has been a Recorder since 2004. He has many years’ experience of serious organised crime cases and frauds in particular involving tax offences. In 2012 he undertook a Masters in tax.
Noel Casey was called to the Bar in 1995 and has been a Recorder on the Western Circuit since 2016. He has prosecuted and defended, as leading junior or alone, numerous cases of murder, rape/sexual abuse, drugs trafficking, slavery, and fraud. He worked on the Rule of Law project in Afghanistan in 2004, and took a Masters in International Criminal Law in 2008. He served as an officer of the South-Eastern Circuit from 2015 till 2020, and since 2017 has been working with the ECtHR in Strasbourg on its remote training programs.
Since 2005, RLC has seen 12 Crown Court and High Court Judge appointments. Additionally, 5 members have chaired the CBA, have been the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, the present Recorder of London, Director of RCPO and the SFO, General counsel to the SFO and the current Director of Public Prosecutions.
Co-Heads of Chambers Tony Shaw QC and Gillian Jones QC said:
“On behalf of Chambers, we offer our warmest congratulations to Shane and Noel on their appointments as Circuit Judges to the South Eastern Circuit but we will miss their presence in Chambers.”
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