NSW Bar to bring back QCs

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The NSW Bar Association plans to approach the state government to reinstate the title of Queen’s Counsel, following a decision at its Council’s meeting last night. 
A working party has been formed to establish a protocol that will give Senior Counsel in the state the choice to become a QC or an SC, awaiting the support of the NSW Government. The party will be working to ensure that the choice between the two titles brings no compromise of the independence of the NSW Bar.

To ensure the integrity of the appointment process, the appointment of QCs will be restricted to only those who have been appointed as SCs in NSW under the Bar Association’s Silk Selection Protocol.
The New South Wales Bar Association had previously resisted proposals to reinstate QCs.
Australian states began to use the term Senior Counsel in the early 1990s, and most jurisdictions had abandoned the rank of Queen’s Counsel by the early 2000s.
In recent years, the moniker has regained some of its lost popularity. The Queensland government restored the rank in 2013, followed by Victoria, which gave senior barristers the option to choose the SC or QC designation in 2014.
With a number of jurisdictions retaining the Queen’s Counsel title for senior barristers, proponents of the proponents of the QC badge have argued that the SC title places Australian legal talent at a disadvantage internationally.
  • David Wills on 11/09/2015 7:39:55 PM

    QC is an pompous anachronism and a ego- driven embarrassment to the legal profession. What the Victorian and Queensland Bars did to "reinstate" the hoary title was a disgrace!

  • James Bell on 20/05/2015 9:26:05 AM

    Major Tom, can I suggest the people who care are clients, and especially those with international connections who recognise the international status afforded to QCs

  • Major Tom on 19/05/2015 5:14:39 PM

    I think it is hilarious how much people care about this. Who cares what they call themselves?

  • Denyse Dawson on 18/05/2015 9:13:56 AM

    What else is undersized?

  • MBG on 17/05/2015 1:20:02 PM

    it just an upgrade in innovation through the sheer size of one's ego errr costs errata again quality advocacy

  • Michael on 15/05/2015 6:33:39 PM

    When you can't get anything useful done, change something irrelevant and meaningless. Like Tony Abbott giving a knighthood to Prince Philip. Quite Concerned about how out of touch this appears...

  • John Armfield on 15/05/2015 6:14:08 PM

    Long overdue. The abolition of this rank was a disgrace and it should be restored without delay

  • antman on 15/05/2015 5:44:14 PM

    Nice to see the NSW bar has embraced the idea of being seen to be a part of the wider community and not separate (or above) it.

  • Paul Rogers on 15/05/2015 5:35:54 PM

    KC;QC;SC now back to QC, a mater of choice surely! Wait...here we go with KC again. Whose confused now?

  • JT on 15/05/2015 5:02:52 PM

    The only thing that disadvantages legal talent is extreme cost and patent incompetence.

  • Pericles on 15/05/2015 4:55:44 PM

    NSW Bar Association - laughing stock of the adult legal world. The core reasons for the change is to mislead and to bully the more vulnerable in the community and by that have a non-ethical justification for anti-competitive practices which are demonstratively devoid of any benefits to the community. Try charging the rent seeker (i.e., applicant) an annual fee for the use of the title, calculated on the basis of the cost to the commnuity of the associated practices (say, $500k to $1m p.a.) - see who takes it up.

  • James Bell on 15/05/2015 4:34:16 PM

    I remember nylon when it was first invented....thank heavens we have come back to more natural fabrics like cotton, wool and SILK.

  • DARTH VADAR on 15/05/2015 4:34:11 PM

    And God save the Queen.

  • James Bell on 15/05/2015 4:32:44 PM

    Correct!...and at last

  • DARTH VADAR on 15/05/2015 4:29:09 PM


  • Ted on 15/05/2015 4:27:47 PM

    Great to see the Bar Association modernising itself – embracing change in the 21st century.

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