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Professor Dame Hazel Genn made honorary QC

24 October 2006

Dame Hazel Genn, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Honorary Fellow (UCL Laws), has been made an honorary Queen's Counsel.

The Queen's Counsel honoris causa is awarded to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.

Dame Hazel Genn has been Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at UCL since 1994. She is a leading authority on civil justice and has written extensively about the experiences of ordinary people involved in legal difficulties. Her work's influence on policy-makers around the world was recognised with a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000. Earlier this year she was made a Dame of the British Empire.

The award was announced by a selection panel under the chairmanship of Alex Allan, Permanent Secretary at the UK government's Department for Constitutional Affairs. The panel considered nominations from the legal professions, the judiciary, and the Society of Legal Scholars, before deciding on six honorary QCs.

UCL President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant congratulated Professor Dame Genn: "This is a rare award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the development of law, and in this instance reflects the powerful practical impact of Dame Hazel's research into civil justice in the UK."