Libby Anderson (2016 call) has been awarded an outgoing Pegasus Scholarship for 2019. Libby will travel to New Zealand for three months over the summer, where she will be attached to the Crown Law Office in Wellington, working in criminal and public law.
Libby’s current practice incorporates the prosecution and defence of criminal trials and appeals in the Crown Court, including fraud, drugs, offensive weapons, and violent and sexual offences. She is also instructed in a number of high-profile public law matters through the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ scheme, including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She has previously assisted with legal research, analysis, disclosure, and assessment of quantum in historic abuse cases. Libby hopes to build on these experiences in New Zealand. She looks forward to working within another legal system and another culture, and in particular hopes to observe criminal cases at every stage of proceedings from police station to appeal.
The Pegasus Scholarships were established to promote the forging of links between the lawyers of the future around the world. Outgoing Scholarships are available to barristers of each of the Inns up to five years’ practice, to help develop understanding of the practice of law in a wide range of other countries. The first chairman of the Pegasus Trust, the Rt Hon the Lord Goff of Chieveley, described the role of the Pegasus Scholarships as follows:
“The common law is one of the greatest forces for good in the world. For many, the common law means the rule of law and the absolute independence of the judiciary. It is of paramount importance for the future of the common law that bridges should be built between the legal professions in the many countries of the world which live under this system.
The Pegasus scholarship scheme makes it possible for gifted young lawyers – the future leaders of their professions – to learn about the practical working of the common law system in countries other than their own, and to form enduring links with lawyers in those countries.”
Further information regarding the Pegasus Scholarships and the Pegasus Trust can be found here.