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Business and Property Courts in Birmingham – Launch Reception

Following the official opening today of the Business and Property Courts in Birmingham by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, this evening saw Birmingham Civil Justice Centre host senior members of the judiciary, local dignitaries and judges, and members of the legal profession to a reception to mark this new era for the Birmingham courts. Guests heard from Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, Sir Geoffrey Vos, Mr Justice Coulson, Mr Justice Newey and Sir Brian Leveson, all of whom have been deeply involved in setting up the new Business and Property Courts and establishing them in Birmingham. A small selection of the many who attended are pictured below.

(Pictures © S Bradshaw,  S Carr and MCCBA, taken with the kind permission of HMCTS.)

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MCCBA welcomes Judge McCahill QC back home

The MCCBA tonight threw a drinks reception to welcome His Honour Judge Patrick McCahill QC back to Birmingham upon his appointment as the city’s fourth Chancery judge. Judge McCahill practised for many years as a Chancery and commercial barrister from St Philips Chambers and its predecessor set, Priory Chambers (previously 2 Fountain Court). He was also a founder member of the Association. Called in 1975, McCahill took silk in 1996. He was appointed a circuit judge in 2001 and appointed as the Bristol Chancery judge in 2007.

MCCBA Chairman, Ed Pepperall QC, said “The Association is delighted to welcome Judge Patrick McCahill QC back to Birmingham. He was a very successful Chancery & Commercial barrister in the city before his appointment as Chancery judge in Bristol. He returns to us after 10 years’ exile with an excellent reputation as a popular and respected judge. Birmingham can now boast an exceptionally strong Chancery bench as Patrick joins Judges Charles Purle QC, Simon Barker QC and David Cooke.”