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Honorary QC appointments - nominate through the Law Society

The Ministry of Justice is launching the 2016/17 round of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa (honorary silk) awards by inviting nominations. Practitioners and members of the public are able to make nominations direct to the Ministry of Justice.

The Law Society is participating by nominating its members. Office holders are securing coverage for the Law Society’s role as nominator by means of publicity in Professional Update, the Law Society Gazette and the Law Society website inviting nominations.

We will also be alerting local law societies and inviting people to nominate themselves, or others, to us. Our office holders will then select nominees of the Law Society from this list.

Nominations must include information on:

  • the nominee's legal qualifications and experience to date
  • contributions the nominee has made to the law in England and Wales (other than in court)
  • the nominee's major contribution - beyond what might normally be expected by someone in their position
  • why you think this person should be nominated by the Law Society as an honorary QC

To make a nomination, fill in the form, which can be found on the Ministry of Justice website, and send it to by 7 September. If you wish your nomination to be considered for submission to the Ministry of Justice.

Nomination by the Law Society is subject to our own internal discernment process and is no guarantee of ultimate success in the competition. As mentioned above, you may nominate yourself or anyone you wish direct to the Ministry of Justice.