Chambers is delighted to announce that Jennifer Ferrario has recently been appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair in Police Misconduct hearings for the East Midlands and South Eastern regions. Jennifer has also been appointed to sit as a Legal Adviser for the General Optical Council in fitness to practise hearings.
Jennifer qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and was called to the Bar in 1998 joining Chambers in 2017 following an in-house career including a period of time with Greater Manchester Police. Jennifer has been involved in Police Misconduct hearings since 1998 when she began to appear before Police Chiefs all over the country representing police officers.
The role of Legally Qualified Chair is to be reformed this year and Police Chiefs will resume the position of Chair of the tribunal with the current Chairs sitting as a Legally Qualified Person. Jennifer Ferrario had this to say:
"I am privileged to have a practice that includes cases involving public protection and after almost 28 years of participating in an adversarial role I am keen to take on the task of making important decisions, along with my tribunal colleagues. Having appeared before Police Chiefs in police misconduct cases prior to 2015 when the Legally Qualified Chair was introduced, I am interested to see how the professional tribunals will react to the presence of the Legally Qualified Person."
Jennifer will continue to practise in regulatory and employment cases in addition to her role as Legally Qualified Chair and Legal Adviser. To make an enquiry about instructing Jennifer please contact the clerking Team on 0161 955 9000.