More female and black and minority ethnic candidates have been appointed to the Queen’s Counsel than ever before.
Of the 113 successful applicants appointed to the Queen’s Counsel, 31 were women, up from 25 last year. The number of successful BAME applicants was also up from last year, with 16 being added to the Counsel.
Alongside this, two of the five new Honorary Queen’s Counsel members were women – Marcia Willis Stewart and Professor Cheryl Thomas.
Stewart is a well-known civil liberties solicitor who has been at the forefront of public and administrative law for over a decade. Thomas is an eminent academic and Professor of Judicial Studies at University College London. She is also the country’s leading expert on juries and judges.
The news was welcomed by the Lord Chancellor, Elizabeth Truss, who is working closely with the legal industry to break down barriers and improve promotion of talent across the board, from law firms to Supreme Court judges.
Truss said, “I commend each of the 113 barristers and solicitors, alongside the five Honorary Queen’s Counsel, for their appointments.”
“I want us to tap into all the talents of our society and today’s appointments are a step in the right direction.”
“The number of women and BAME candidates applying and being successful is moving in the right direction.”
“There is more to be done, by my message is clear – when you widen the pool of talent from which lawyers and judges are drawn, you make the justice system stronger.”