Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie
Queen’s Counsels Return To Queensland
Victor P Taffa
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has announced senior members of the Queensland Bar will again be commissioned as Queen’s Counsel as part of reforms to the state’s justice system.
Speaking at the Supreme Court’s annual Christmas Greetings event this morning, Mr. Bleijie said replacing Senior Counsel (SC) with Queen’s Counsel (QC) would eliminate confusion.
“The feedback I have received raised concerns that SC was often mistaken for the term Special Counsel, which many law firms have taken to using for solicitors.” Mr. Bleijie said.
“QC is also more widely known and understood by the public as a mark of professional distinction at the Bar and this move will make the distinction much clearer.”
“It is important that Queensland silks are competitive internationally particularly in Singapore and Hong Kong where the use of QCs is preferred.”
“Asian countries employ QCs from as far as the United Kingdom and this change will give Queensland leverage over other Australian states competing for a share of this market.”
Mr. Bleijie said current Senior Counsel would be invited to have their title amended should they wish and all new appointments would now be given the title of Queen’s Counsel.
“The Newman Government has received wide spread support from the Queensland Bar Association and the legal profession to revert to the traditional title.” Mr. Bleijie said.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jenny Hogan, Philip Looney and Dean Morzone who were recently selected for appointment as Senior Counsel.”
Mr. Bleijie will be writing to all current Senior Counsel shortly to invite them to make an election if they wish to be commissioned as a QC.
Those who do not apply to have their title changed will remain as Senior Counsel and their seniority will not be affected.