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New solicitor silks appointed

21 December 2017

Five solicitor advocates appointed Queen's Counsel today were singled out for praise by the Law Society of England and Wales.

"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 Joe Egan.

"On behalf of the Law Society I warmly congratulate all those newly appointed Queen's Counsel on their achievement, and the lifetime of dedication to the law it represents.

"The growing number of solicitor advocates recognised in this way reflects the immense skill solicitors bring to the court room. Today we congratulate five solicitor advocates newly appointed QC:

  • Philip Clifford of Latham & Watkins
  • Louis Flannery of Stephenson Harwood
  • Imran Khan of Imran Khan and Partners
  • Sophie Lamb of Latham & Watkins
  • Reza Mohtashami of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Joe Egan continued: "I would also like to offer particular congratulations to Janet Legrand for the award of Honorary Queen's Counsel. Janet has made such a contribution to the increasing diversity in the solicitor profession, championing women and social mobility to great effect.

"As David Lammy recognised in his recent review, diversity in the legal profession is really important for the administration of justice. We believe that means having people in senior positions from different social and professional backgrounds, as well as different ethnicities and genders.

"Solicitors are an important part of that mix. Given the breadth of experience a solicitor brings and the excellence so many practitioners demonstrate in their work, I would urge more solicitors to aim for Queen's Counsel."

Notes to editors

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

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