Roger Murray, Joint Head of Medical Negligence at Callan Tansey, was among the very first solicitors in the State to be granted Letters of Patent of Precedence on 1 September, 2020.
This historic grant was made by the Government on the recommendation of the Legal Services Regulation Authority and entitles him to use the title of “Senior Counsel”. This title, until recently was only held by barristers. It is significant because it is formal recognition of his standing in the profession, his specialist knowledge and experience over many years as a litigation solicitor in the field of Medical Negligence.
Under the terms of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, patents may be granted to a legal practitioner who has, in his or her practice, displayed “a degree of competence and a degree of probity appropriate to and consistent with the grant to him or her of a Patent”, professional independence, and “one or more of the following: a proven capacity for excellence in the practice of advocacy; a proven capacity for excellence in the practice of specialist litigation; or specialist knowledge of an area of law”. Applicants must also be deemed suitable on the grounds of character and temperament.
Speaking on his appointment Roger Murray said,
“I was encouraged by my colleagues to pursue this opportunity, and I am delighted that my application was favourably received. It is a huge honour for me to be among the first ever solicitors to have been granted a Patent of Precedence”.
A formal presentation ceremony is planned for later this month.
Roger Murray, Joint Head of Medical Negligence at Callan Tansey, can be contacted on 071 916 2032.