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New Silks – Michael Holmes and Professor Alan Dignam

17th Dec 2020

Chambers is delighted to announce that Michael Holmes and Professor Alan Dignam have been successful in this year’s silk competition.

Michael specialises in all aspects of commercial law, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping and international trade, commercial fraud and professional negligence, with a particular interest in the conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes.  He appears regularly in the Commercial Court, as well as in London arbitrations for domestic and international clients.

Please view Michael’s full CV here.


Professor Alan Dignam has been awarded the title of Honorary QC (QC Honoris Causa). It is awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts.

Alan Dignam is a legal academic and Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London. He is one of the UK’s leading corporate law academics and was part of the original academic team that set up the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (QMLAC) to provide pro-bono advice to the local community. As Chair of the QMLAC, he has had an impact on many clients, students and lawyers. Over 3000 clients have been assisted by nearly 2000 students at the QMLAC since 2006 along with hundreds of lawyers. Alan also set up the Queen Mary Law School Liaison Programme which works with over 55 schools in the East of London to engage young students with the law. He provides interactive university level lectures and workshops to schools and provides advice to teachers helping students from diverse backgrounds to apply to study law at university. His impact from his school liaison role has brought him to work with other important community engagement schemes such as the Judicial diversity and community programme and the Home Office, London Mayor and Redbridge Council Future Leaders scheme, to provide year 12 students from diverse backgrounds and schools with access to university level law lectures and experiences to help them develop into future leaders

The members of 7 King’s Bench Walk congratulate them both on this achievement.

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