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New appointments to Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown

We are delighted to announce new appointments to the Attorney General’s A and C panels. Naomi Ling joins the A Panel, Rob Dickason joins the B Panel and four members of Chambers have been added to the C Panel.

Naomi Ling joins the Attorney General’s A Panel, recognising her considerable expertise in employment and pension law. The A Panel deals with the most complex government cases in all kinds of courts and tribunals. Members will often appear against QCs. In general, those appointed to the A Panel will have over 10 years’ advocacy experience.

Rob Dickason joins the Attorney General’s B Panel and continues to represent a range of Government departments in a variety of healthcare-related public and private law challenges.

Congratulations also to Sophie O’Sullivan, Paul Livingston, Victoria Brown and Alex Cisneros who join several other colleagues on the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel to the Crown. They were appointed in recognition of their advocacy experience, particularly in corporate fraud, inquests, financial services, employment, pensions and court of protection as well as general public law.

All government departments and agencies of government departments must use the panels. A full list of members can be found here.

Our New Panel Members

Naomi Ling has been practising since 2001 and is a specialist in employment law and pensions law. Naomi was appointed to the B Panel of the Attorney General’s Counsel to the Crown in 2013 before her advancement to A Panel this year. She is recognised for her expertise and experience in both fields, particularly in areas where there is overlap between the two disciplines. She is especially rated for her strong client skills, excellent judgement and meticulous preparation.

Rob Dickason (called 2007) specialises in clinical negligence and has considerable experience acting for Government departments in a variety of public and private law challenges in the broader healthcare field, including product liability matters and inquests. He was appointed to the Attorney-General’s C Panel for 2015-2020 and is delighted to have been selected for promotion to B Panel to continue to represent Government in these areas for a further five years.

Sophie O’Sullivan was called to the bar in 2011 and specialises in fraud and financial crime, confiscation and asset forfeiture, professional discipline, financial regulation and compliance. Sophie has extensive advocacy experience having appeared in significant jury trials concerning corporate bribery, large scale MTIC carousel fraud, cross-border VAT evasion, banking, insurance and mortgage fraud.

Paul Livingston has been practising since 2012 and specialises in employment and discrimination, public inquiries and child abuse. His work includes both written and oral advocacy in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Employment Tribunal, County Courts, and in public inquiry hearings.

Victoria Brown was called to the bar in 2014 is a civil and commercial practitioner with a particular focus on pensions, employment, commercial and financial services disputes. She regularly appears in courts and tribunals and has represented clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court and Employment Tribunal.

Alex Cisneros was called to the bar in 2015 and is a specialist public law and private client barrister. He has experience in handling significant contentious and non-contentious matters with a particular emphasis on mental capacity and education. Alex has recently been invited to complete a part-time PhD exploring developments in mental capacity law and the impact on vulnerable adults.

Find Out More

Outer Temple Chambers has a number of members already on the Attorney General Panels. To find out more about any of our panel members please visit our Attorney General Panel list online or contact

News 3 Sep, 2020


Naomi Ling

Call: 2001

Robert Dickason

Call: 2007

Sophie O’Sullivan

Call: 2011

Paul Livingston

Call: 2012

Victoria Brown

Call: 2014

Alex Cisneros

Alex Cisneros

Call: 2015

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