We are delighted to announce that Rose Harvey-Sullivan and Kate Temple-Mabe have both been nominated for ‘Young Barrister of the year’ at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2021. This is a well-deserved recognition of each of their commitment to supporting and carrying out pro bono work.
Rose has engaged in pro bono work ever since joining chambers in 2015. She holds a fundamental belief that the law should always be accessible and clear to anyone who comes into contact with it. Rose has committed herself to donating time in areas involving particularly marginalised people e.g. prisoners, or areas where legal or factual complexity makes it especially difficult for lay people to engage e.g. medical inquests.
In the past year, she has worked with the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) to create and publish a guide for fathers in prison who are seeking contact with their own children, which has now been published in every men’s prison in England and Wales. She has also donated her time pro bono to the Safe Ground Charity’s initiative seeking to further the same cause.
In addition to these wider scale projects, Rose has represented family law clients on a pro bono basis in complex and ongoing proceedings, and has conducted multiple multi-day inquests through INQUEST/Advocate and through solicitors (pro bono) on behalf of bereaved families.
In all, she has donated hundreds of hours to pro bono activities in 2020-2021.
Kate has demonstrated a strong commitment to pro bono work and increasing access to justice in ways that make a difference not just to the individuals involved, but also to the legal landscape more widely.
Kate spent significant time this year working pro bono on the case of Newman v Southampton City Council  EWCA Civ 437, heard by the Court of Appeal in March. This was a ground-breaking case on journalist access to papers in care proceedings, grappling with the tension between the open justice principle, public interest journalism, and the privacy rights of children. In addition, over the last year Kate has also taken other cases through the Advocate Pro Bono Unit, and has donated her time pro bono to an initiative begun by the Safe Ground Charity, which provides resources and information to fathers in prison about having contact with their children.
Congratulations to everyone that has been nominated and we look forward to celebrating at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. More information can be found here.
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