Barrister wins bar pro bono award Thursday 19 January 2017 Alumni Barrister John Collins (OL49) has been presented with a prestigious award by the Bar Council for his pro bono work. John, who has spent 60 years at the Bar, handles pro bono cases “out of the goodness of his heart” offering help, advice and assistance to people who can’t afford to pay for legal services. The award was presented to him by Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, the chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales when he appeared at the Supreme Court in London in a long-running case. John, of Zenith Chambers in Leeds, was called to the Bar in 1956. After leaving LGS he studied classics at The Queen’s College, Oxford, joining the Middle Temple while studying at university. Away from the law, he is a past president of both Leeds Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue and Leeds Jewish Representative Council.