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Queen's Counsel Appointments 07/09/2017 The Society of Solicitor Advocates is delighted at the announcement that solicitor advocate Tony Jones has been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Queen's Counsel Appointments

The Society of Solicitor Advocates is delighted at the announcement that solicitor advocate Tony Jones has been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Tony qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and as a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience in the Supreme Court, Privy Council and the Court of Session in 1999. He is a partner in BTO Solicitors, heading up their in-house Advocacy Service which has 17 solicitor advocates. He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Rights of Audience Committee and served for several years on the Executive Committee of the Society of Solicitor Advocates.

SSA President, John Scott QC, welcomed Tony’s appointment, saying:

“I am delighted to see Tony receiving this recognition. Tony appears regularly in the Court of Session and has exercised his rights of audience with distinction. I look forward to the Opening of the Legal Year when Tony will be formally welcomed by the Lord President.”

The rank of Queen’s Counsel is generally reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in practice in the Supreme Courts. Advocates and Solicitors with Rights of Audience in the Supreme Courts are eligible to apply to the Lord Justice General, Scotland’s senior judge. Before making nominations to the First Minister, the Lord Justice General consults other judges, the Lord Advocate, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the President of the Law Society of Scotland.

Fourteen new Queen’s Counsel were appointed in total. The other new appointees are Jonathan Barne, Advocate; Lynda Brabender, Advocate; Almira Delibegovic-Broome, Advocate; James Findlay, Advocate; Anthony Graham, Advocate; Gavin MacColI, Advocate; Stephen O'Rourke, Advocate; David Parratt, Advocate; Martin Richardson, Advocate; Thomas Ross, Advocate; Michael Stuart, Advocate; David Thomson, Advocate; and Gavin Walker, Advocate.

A report on the appointment process, by independent observer Heather Baillie, is available here.

John Scott said that it is disappointing that, unlike in some previous years, the Observer’s Report does not comment on issues relating specifically to the small number of solicitor advocates who apply for Silk (5 this year although one withdrew their application), and the significantly smaller percentage who receive it. There are also questions about the relevant criteria about which there have been contradictory indications even in recent times.

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