Panel of Law Experts;
Michael Duck QC (Windsor 1974 - 1983). Member of No5 Chambers in Birmingham. Leader of the Midland Circuit. Michael was called to the bar in 1988 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He specialises in gang related homicides, fraud and asset recovery. He sits as a Recorder (part-time Judge) in the Crown Court for approximately 6 weeks every year. Michael has been recognised as one of the top criminal silks in the Midlands being only one of five criminal QCs to be given Band 1 ranking by Chambers and Partners UK guide in 2020 and has also been ranked Tier 1 - Criminal Silks in the Legal 500 for the fourth year running.
Michael has recently appeared in a series of young gang murder cases and has appeared in a number of the country’s most well-known cases during his career including: - the alleged murder of three young men in the Birmingham riots; the prosecution of the New Year’s Day shootings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare; the appeal of Jeremy Bamber (2002) convicted of the murder of five family members (subject of the recent “Whitehouse Farm” drama on ITV). Michael has also conducted a number of trials in the Cayman Islands
Ben Perry (Jago 1985 - 1992) is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell – one of the world’s leading law firms, originally established in New York over 140 years ago.
Ben read law at Oxford and then took a Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law at Chester. He is both a solicitor and a New York attorney. He practices primarily English law and advises on a wide range of transactions, in particular cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
Since 2010, Ben has overseen the development of a trainee solicitor programme in Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office, which welcomed its first trainee solicitors in 2013. Ben was named “Best Training Principal” at the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards in 2014 and 2016.
Ben is involved in the wider legal profession as a member of the main committee of the City of London Law Society, and a member of the committee overseeing the City Solicitors Horizons social mobility initiative.
Frankie Rhodes (Fetherston 2007 - 2009) is a solicitor working at Leigh Day within the Clinical Negligence department in London.
Frankie went to Leeds University to read English before converting to law and qualifying as a solicitor in 2016. Previously she worked at a City firm assisting a senior partner specialising in cerebral palsy and birth injury claims, before joining the clinical negligence department at Leigh Day in January 2019.’
Frankie assists across a wide variety of cases, with a focus on claims for children and mothers arising from birth injury including cerebral palsy and injuries of maximum severity as well as other high value claims with complex issues. Frankie’s experience includes claims resulting from delays in diagnosis of cancer, failings in cardiac care and cases where substandard care resulted in death and stillbirth.
The Times ranked Leigh Day as one of the three top law firms for clinical negligence in the UK in its 2020 Top Law Firms supplement. The firm is also graded highly in both the independent directory The Legal 500 and Chambers.
Beth Durkin (Fetherston, 2008 - 2010) is a solicitor specialising in technology, media and data protection disputes at Pinsent Masons. She is based in the firm’s London office, working as part of the band 1 ranked TMT practice.
Beth joined the firm in 2016, having previously obtained a first class degree in BA French and Spanish at the University of Exeter, following which she studied for two years at law school for the GDL (law conversion course) and LPC (solicitor course). Alongside the GDL and LPC she obtained an MSc in Law, Business and Management. As a trainee, she completed rotations in areas including EU and competition law, and commercial property.
Beth advises on media and privacy disputes regarding online content, including defending claims in relation to defamation, misuse of private information, and the “Right to Be Forgotten” (i.e. the right to request for certain personal information relating to you to be removed from, for example, search engine results). Beth has assisted in some of the most high profile media and information law cases before the English courts. She is currently part of a team acting for Google in Supreme Court proceedings in a ground breaking case relating to cookies used for targeted advertising.
Beth also advises on cyber law, including managing regulatory investigations and claims following a data breach, and advising companies globally on their GDPR obligations in relation to data security incidents. Beth also advises major clients on complex commercial litigation in the technology space.
Beth completed a secondment to Google UK, where she assisted with handling a wide variety of contentious legal issues.