The recipients of the honorary title of Queen’s counsel (QC) for 2019 have been announced.
“We recognize the recipients of the Queen’s counsel title for their excellent performance and dedication to the legal system,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “I congratulate these exceptional lawyers and thank them for their contributions to the people of British Columbia and to the legal profession.”
The 26 QC recipients for 2019 reflect a wide range of legal practice, including commercial, administrative and criminal law. Some have a specific focus on Indigenous law, human rights, immigration, international conflict, medical law and commercial crime. They include lawyers in private practice, government and academia.
Potential candidates for the QC designation must be members of the B.C. bar for a minimum of five years and be nominated by their peers. An advisory committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the attorney general.
- There were 163 nominations submitted for an honorary QC title.
- The advisory committee was established by the attorney general to review nominations and make recommendations for Queen’s counsel appointments. It includes:
- the chief justice of B.C.;
- the chief justice of the Supreme Court of B.C.;
- the chief judge of the provincial court of B.C.;
- the president of the Law Society of B.C.;
- the president of the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch;
- a Law Society of B.C. member appointed by the benchers (directors); and
- B.C.’s deputy attorney general.
- Currently, there are 499 QCs out of approximately 12,700 practising members of the bar.
A backgrounder follows with the biographies of the QC appointees.