His Honour Peter Thornton QC Knighted in The Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours

19.06.17 |

Chambers congratulates His Honour Peter Thornton QC on being awarded a knighthood in HM The Queen's Birthday Honours for 2017.  A founder member of Doughty Street Chambers, Peter became a Senior Circuit Judge sitting at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) in 2007 after a distinguished career at the Bar, during which he appeared in criminal trials and appeals in the UK, Bermuda, the Isle of Man, and elsewhere.  He also appeared pro bono in numerous appeals to the Privy Council against the death penalty.  In addition to his work at the Bar he was a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and Chair of the National Council of Civil Liberties (now known as Liberty). 


Peter was appointed to the new position of Chief Coroner of England and Wales in 2012, and during his tenure he implemented the significant reforms put in place by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.  


We are delighted to learn that his lifelong contribution to advancing justice has been recognised in this way.  Congratulations Sir Peter!

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