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Wednesday, 14th October 2020

Drogheda barrister appointed Senior Counsel

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Anthony Moore, resplendent in silk robes and luxurious wig, pictured at the Four Courts last Wednesday following the virtual ceremony at which he was called to the Inner Bar by the Hon. Mr. Chief Justice Frank Clarke. Photo: Conor McCabe.

Anthony Moore first graced these pages when he was acting as PRO for the local Fianna Fail Halpin Leech Whelan Cumann and then as a local election candidate for that party in the Drogheda Urban electoral area.

His political ambitions may not have worked out as he would have liked but things are going nicely for Anthony in his day job as a barrister. Last week he was one of 20 Law Library members called to the Inner Bar by the Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, having been granted a patent of precedence as a Senior Counsel by the government.

Barristers are appointed senior counsel on the basis of a number of criteria, including having a proven capacity for excellence in the practice of advocacy, excellence in the practice of specialist litigation, and specialist knowledge of an area of law. Out of 2,100 barristers practising in Ireland, just over 300 are senior counsel.

As the Chief Justice noted, this year's ceremony was a historic occasion, as it was held remotely for the first time on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. It saw Moore, along with 19 other colleagues, "take silk", a reference to the silk gowns worn by members of the Inner Bar.

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Moore, the son of the late Michael and Mona Moore, is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Cambridge University and King's Inns. He has been practising for 19 years at the Irish Bar and, as well as holding an advanced diploma from King's Inns in planning and local government law, specialises in administrative law and judicial review, constitutional law, human rights law, and EU law. 

Anthony told Drogheda Life that the position of Senior Counsel is one of great responsibility in the Irish justice system.

“I am honoured to have been appointed” he said, “having always thoroughly enjoyed my work as a junior counsel, I am immensely looking forward to carrying out my new role."

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