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Queen's Counsel Appointments 19/09/2018 The Society of Solicitor Advocates is delighted at the announcement that Solicitor Advocates Jim Cormack and Richard Goddard have been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Queen's Counsel Appointments

The Society of Solicitor Advocates is delighted at the announcement that solicitor advocates Jim Cormack and Richard Goddard have been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Jim, a commercial litigation specialist with a focus on technology, IP and banking, has been a partner with McGrigors and successor firm Pinsent Masons since 2001. The lead partner in Pinsent Masons’ advocacy programme, as a solicitor advocate Mr Cormack has rights of audience in all civil and criminal courts both in Scotland and in England & Wales.

Richard is a senior Advocate Depute, and has prosecuted in some of the most serious and challenging cases in recent years. Before that, he was a partner in a leading Edinburgh firm and specialised in criminal defence work as a solicitor advocate.

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.

Nine new Queen’s Counsel were appointed in total. The other new appointees are Una Doherty, advocate; Bruce Erroch, advocate; Jane Farquharson, advocate; Ruth Innes, advocate; Vinit Khurana, advocate; Ronaldo Renucci, advocate; and Andrew Webster, advocate.

A report on the appointment process, by independent observer Jessica Burns, is available here.

 

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