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UKELA Moot Honours Mrs. Justice Patterson

Mar 21, 2017

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Linda Farrow

UKELA announced at its 2017 Moot finals, held on 6 March, that its annual Junior Moot competition would be named the Dame Frances Patterson Moot in honour of UKELA Patron, Mrs Justice Patterson, who died in December 2016 after a short illness.

Hosted by King's College London and sponsored by No 5 Chambers and Lawtext Publishing, the Moot finals - both Junior and Senior awards - were judged in Frances Patterson’s stead by Mr Justice Dove.

The Junior competition winners were Jonathan Welch and Helen Rodger, both students at City, University of London. The Senior competition - named in honour of Lord Slynn of Hadley - was won by Gayatri Parthasarathy (University of Law) and Leyla Garahan (City University of London).

Speaking as the prizes were awarded, UKELA Executive Director, Linda Farrow said “Frances was a much valued member of our organisation, lending support and expertise in a generous manner. She is greatly missed by all of us at UKELA. We are delighted to be able to remember Frances in this special way, given her commitment to providing opportunities to future generations of environmental lawyers.”

Notes to the editors:

The Hon Mrs Justice Patterson DBE

Frances Patterson started practice at the Bar in Manchester. During her practice she specialised in planning, environmental and public law. Frances was involved in many of the leading planning cases in the north and throughout England and Wales, and took silk in 1998. She was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2000, becoming Head of Kings Chambers in Manchester and Leeds in 2004. Frances was made a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2005, appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2008 and in 2010 became a Public Law Commissioner at the Law Commission. In 2013 Frances was appointed as a High Court judge where she was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.

A fund in Frances’ memory has been set up by her family. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the fundraising page via the link below.

Fundraising page for Royal Free Charity in memory of Frances Patterson


The UK Environmental Law Association aims to promote better law for the environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA’s members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of environmental law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non-lawyers and has a broad membership from the private and public sectors.

UKELA prepares advice to government with the help of its specialist working parties, covering a range of environmental law topics.

For further information on UKELA’s work, please visit: www.ukela.org

UK Environmental Law Association - Better law for the environment
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