Bar Association congratulates newly appointed Queen’s Counsel

Bar Association congratulates newly appointed Queen’s Counsel 2
Bar Association congratulates newly appointed Queen’s Counsel 3

The New Zealand Bar Association has welcomed the announcement of 10 new  Queen’s Counsel. 

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The new Silks are Lynda Kearns, Stephen McCarthy, Ron Mansfield, Fletcher Pilditch,  Davey Salmon and Laura O’Gorman (all from Auckland), Greg Arthur, Michael Colson  and Victoria Heine (Wellington) and Kerryn Beaton (Christchurch).  

The announcement was made by Attorney-General David Parker following a rigorous  selection process involving consultation with the Bar Association and others. The  final names are decided by the Attorney.  

Welcoming the appointments, Bar Association President Paul Radich, QC, said that  the elite status reflected the applicants’ exceptional qualities as counsel, from legal  skills through to leadership in the profession. 

“Queen’s Counsel is about much more than just the number of years that a barrister  has spent in practice,” Mr Radich said, noting that the development of the Bar  Association’s assessment process on the watch of its past President, Kate Davenport  QC, had made the independent selection procedure even more rigorous.  

“It is important to understand that those who have been selected are exemplars of  the qualities of excellence, knowledge of the law, a commitment to improving access  to justice, advanced advocacy skills, independence, integrity and leadership.” 

More information about the latest appointments can be seen on the NZBA website. 

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