Queen’s Counsel

Queen’s Counsel is a peculiarity of the English Legal System that was extended to, and adopted by, the Commonwealth jurisdictions. It is a distinction that is conferred by the Crown and recognised by the Courts. Barristers and solicitors to whom this distinction is granted are appointed by Letters Patent to be one of Her Majesty’s counsel “learned in the law”. Queen’s Counsel were once restricted to appearing only on behalf of the Crown but since the abolition of this restriction in 1920 are now free to take any brief.

The conferment of "Silk" (a reference to the silk robe worn by Queen’s Counsel) is reserved for legal practitioners who are of the highest integrity, have distinguished themselves at the Bar of the Court, and have gained the respect of the legal profession. The appointment as Queen’s Counsel must have the approval of the Chief Justice and is a “mark and recognition of the professional eminence of the recipient” (Halsbury’s Laws of England 4th Ed. Vol. 3(1), paragraph 433). Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are limited to a maximum of 10% of the attorneys practicing at the Bar. Legal practitioners wearing this title sit at the Inner Bar of the Court and take precedence over junior barristers.

 

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