Appointment Of Queen's Counsel
News - date posted 02/09/11
A number of members of Faculty have been appointed as Queen's Counsel.
Eugene Creally, Keith Stewart, Simon Collins, Kenneth Campbell, Mark Lindsay, Lorna Drummond and John Hamilton have been appointed from the practising Bar.
Sir Angus Grossart, Sheriff William Dunlop and Solicitor Advocate John Scott have also taken silk.
The nominations were made to the First Minister by Lord Hamilton, the Lord President. With the agreement of Lord Hamilton, John Neilson QPM acted as an observer of the process and provided the First Minister with a separate report on his findings.
The rank of Queen's Counsel is generally reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in practice in the Supreme Courts. Before making recommendations the Lord President consults other judges, the Lord Advocate, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the President of the Law Society of Scotland.
On this occasion Lord Hamilton recommended that Sir Angus Grossart, who called to the Bar in 1963, be appointed as an Honorary QC. The Honorary QC rank is made to individuals who have distinguished themselves in public life.
There is also precedent for a serving member of the judiciary to be appointed as a QC.
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