Who? John Kings (pictured), 67, consultant for south-east firm Buss Murton.
Why is he in the news? Represented former diplomat John Yapp, who was suspended as high commissioner of Belize in 2008 after false claims he touched a woman inappropriately at an official function. He sued the Foreign Office for breach of duty of care and of his employment rights.
Last week a High Court judge ordered the FCO to pay Yapp £320,000 in damages and £150,000 in legal costs.
Who? Adel Buckingham (pictured), 33, criminal defence solicitor in the serious crime department at London firm Leslie Franks.
Why is she in the news? Acted for Jake Davis, who in mid-May was sentenced to 24 months in a young offenders institute, for his part in hacking into the computer systems of the FBI, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the CIA, the Sun newspaper and others.
Who? Adam Copeland, 48, clinical negligence associate at east England firm Tees Law.
Why is he in the news? Acting for the mother of a severely disabled child whose sudden death has left her liable to repay £375,000 of an interim payment she spent funding his care programme and modified home.
Deborah Mackay’s son, Calum, was born with spina bifida and other conditions that rendered him unable to have a mainstream education or obtain future employment. He was dependent on 24-hour care.
Who? James Watson, 56, criminal law partner at north-east firm Watson Woodhouse.
Why is he in the news? Won £550,000 in damages after being falsely imprisoned on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Watson was arrested in June 2009 when Cleveland police suspected that he was part of a conspiracy to make witnesses change their stories so that his client would be acquitted.
Who: Tamsin Allen, 49, media and information law partner at London firm Bindmans.
Why is she in the news? Acted for Hackney resident Leslie Austin who during the August 2011 London riots helped victims and the police, but in May 2012 found that his photograph was on wanted posters in shops and other public places and also on a police website for having been ‘involved in the disorder’.
Who? Graeme Irvine, 39, partner and higher courts advocate at London human rights firm ITN Solicitors.
Why is he in the news? Coinciding with the state visit to the UK of Sheikh Khalifa, president of the UAE, Irvine has written a report on human rights abuses in the Emirates.
The report, published by NGO the Emirates Centre for Human Rights, concerns a state security trial of 94 defendants accused of ‘attempting to overthrow the government and undermine the establishment’, an offence carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.
Who: Rosa Curling, 34, human rights solicitor at City firm Leigh Day.
Why is she in the news? She is challenging the new personal independence payments (PIP) regulations brought in by Iain Duncan Smith to replace disability living allowance (DLA). Currently, claimants who cannot walk 50 metres are entitled to the DLA higher-rate mobility payment.
However, under the new PIP, the distance is reduced to only 20 metres, disqualifying thousands of claimants from receiving the higher rate of benefit.
Who? Stephen Chittenden, 62, senior partner and head of crime at East Midlands firm Smith Partnership.
Why is he in the news? Acted for Michael Philpott, 56, jailed for life on 4 April after being found guilty of killing six of his children in a house fire that Philpott started.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Philpott had started the fire in an attempt to frame his former girlfriend, Lisa Willis, 29, after she had left the family home with her children three months earlier.
Who? Gary Bloxsome (pictured), 49, criminal law partner at national firm Blackfords.
Why is he in the news? Acted for Giovanni Di Stefano, the ‘devil’s advocate’, who was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of 25 charges, including deception, fraud and money laundering, and was jailed for 14 years.
Who? Shamik Dutta, 34, police misconduct and civil rights solicitor at London firm Bhatt Murphy.
Why is he in the news? Acted for political campaigner John Catt, 88, from Brighton, who took to the Court of Appeal a claim that the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Metropolitan Police commissioner had acted unlawfully in retaining data about him on an extremism database.
Who? Anthony Wilson, 52, professional support lawyer at Merseyside firm Camps.
Why is he in the news? He acts for over 4,500 clients in Merseyside who are part of one of the largest group actions in the country. Over 10,000 people have joined the action over claims that toxic fumes caused health problems to residents after an eight-day fire at a local factory in 2011. The Portuguese company Sonae Industria, which owned the factory, has admitted liability for the blaze, subject to causation.
Who? Waseem Chowdhary, 33, criminal and immigration solicitor at Lancashire firm Southerns Solicitors.
Why is he in the news? Helped halt the deportation of two children aged eight and five who had been denied leave to stay in the UK because their father, under immigration rules preventing asylum seekers claiming benefits, did not earn enough.
Who? Natalie Prosser, 35, head of legal at examinations regulator Ofqual.
Why is she in the news? Helped Ofqual rebuff an attempt by a consortium of 167 pupils, 150 schools, 42 local authorities and six professional bodies, including teachers’ unions, to overturn GCSE English grades awarded in summer 2012. The consortium brought judicial review proceedings against Ofqual and two exam boards because, it was claimed, the marks required to achieve a grade C had been increased unlawfully between the January 2012 GCSE exams and the June 2012 exams.
Who? Emily Brand, 44, partner in the family department at London firm Winckworth Sherwood.
Why is she in the news? Acted in committal proceedings for Michelle Young, whose estranged husband, property tycoon Scot Young, was sentenced to prison for six months for ‘flagrant and deliberate’ contempt of court for failing to explain properly his financial circumstances. The husband claimed he was penniless and bankrupt and represented himself at the hearing, although he is thought to be worth £400m.