Times and More 4 News win Legal Reporting Awards

The Times legal editor and More4 News have won the Bar Council's Legal Reporting Awards 2005-2006.

Times legal editor Frances Gibb was presented with the print award by Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, for her June 27 account of the relationship between Ministers and the judiciary following allegations of lenient sentencing, entitled "Under fire: the judges speak out about ‘soft' sentencing". I

Chairnman of the Bar Council Stephen Hockman said Gibb's piece was "outstanding".

More4 News won the broadcast award for Andrew Thomas and Iain Overton's February 27 story on proposed changes to the coroners' system, making coroners' investigations into deaths abroad discretionary rather than compulsory.

The panel commended freelance journalist Grania Langdon-Down's article, "Autism: the legal profession needs to know more" published in The Times on November 82005. David Irving: The London Trial, transmitted on February 26 as part of the Above the Title series on Radio 4, was commended in the broadcast category.


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