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Solicitor silks appointed in record numbers

12 January 2017

The inclusion of six solicitor advocates in today's Queen's Counsel appointments is a new record for solicitors appointed to the prestigious rank, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

"Appointment as a Queen's Counsel is a defining achievement for an advocate, and recognises their work as among the highest quality advocacy in the country," said Law Society president Robert Bourns.

The six solicitor advocates appointed as a Queen's Counsel are:

  • Adam Johnson from Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Benjamin Juratowitch from Freshfields
  • David Kavanagh from Skadden
  • Robert Savage from King & Spalding
  • Jonathan Taylor from Bird & Bird; and
  • Michael Young from Allen & Overy.

"The inclusion of six solicitor advocates in the appointments is particularly pleasing, and is something the whole solicitor profession can celebrate," said Robert Bourns.

"The increasing number of solicitor advocates recognised in this way reflects the immense skill solicitors bring to the court room, and is a trend we hope to see continue."

Honorary Queen's Counsel appointments were also announced today, with solicitor Marcia Willis Stewart of Birnberg Peirce among those recognised for their major contribution to the law outside practice in the courts.

"On behalf of the Law Society I warmly congratulate all 113 new QCs and five honorary QCs on their achievement, and the lifetime of dedication to the law it represents," said Robert Bourns.

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Notes to editors

The full list of Queen's Counsel appointments can be found on the QC Appointments website.

The full list of honorary Queen's Counsel appointments can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

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