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HFEA Appeals Committee appointment

The Chair of the HFEA, Sally Cheshire, has appointed Peter Freeman CBE QC (Hon) as the Chair of the Appeals Committee for three years from 13 March 2017.

The HFEA plays a critical statutory role in licensing clinics that undertake assisted reproduction and research involving the use of human embryos. A key component of this role is the need for a robust and impartial process to hear requests for reconsideration of licensing decisions made by the HFEA.

The Appeals Committee is the body that hears such requests. It is established by regulations and operates independently of the HFEA.


Peter Freeman is a Chairman of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), appointed in 2013. He is also a member of the Lloyd's Enforcement Appeal Tribunal Panel and from 2005 to 2011 was Chairman of the Competition Commission (CC), having been a Deputy Chairman since 2003. He was a senior consultant at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton from 2011-13.  Before joining the CC in 2003, he practised for 30 years at the international law firm Simmons & Simmons, 25 of them as a partner, managing the Commercial Department and heading the EC and Competition Law practice group.

He was for many years Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Institute, Oxford, and has written and spoken widely on competition and regulatory law. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Competition Forum, University of St Gallen and of the Scientific Board of Concurrencia e Regulacao, Lisbon.

Page last updated: 02 March 2017