Barrister November/december 2015
Candidates are more and more screened by committees composed of representatives of the bench and the bar, who give advice to the related Attorney General on appointments. The reforms have been designed to make the award a recognition of merit by individual members of the bar, usually coupled with community service. However, for now the apply persists for legislation officers of the Crown. Former Attorney General for England and Wales Jeremy Wright was not a QC when he was appointed, a subject which attracted some comment. But, regardless of not having practised law for a while, Jeremy Wright took silk shortly after his appointment, which was criticised by some as a breach of the protocol towards “courtesy silk”.
Lawyers continue to be appointed Queen’s Counsel by the federal authorities and seven of the ten Canadian provinces. The award has been criticised in the past on the basis that appointment as Queen’s Counsel depended largely on political affiliation, in addition to ideas that its monarchical connotations weren’t according to modern Canadian identity. However, in these provinces which continue to appoint lawyers as Queen’s Counsel reforms have been made to de-politicise the award.
Budding barristers, then again, can be considering work experience in the form of a mini pupillage. This signifies that solicitors can now perform many of the functions of a barrister up to a sure level, though barristers are capable of work in a significantly greater degree of court docket than their solicitor counterparts. A barrister is … Read More