The United Kingdom's Ministry of Justice Department has appointed Senior Advocate Harish Salve as the Queen's Counsel (QC) for the courts of England and Wales.
The title of QC (also known as silk) is usually awarded to lawyers possessing demonstrated skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy. They are appointed by the Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor. He is in turn advised by an independent Selection Panel which receives and considers each application and makes recommendations as to appointment.
The QC appointment scheme was developed by the Bar Council and the Law Society, with the support of the (then) Department for Constitutional Affairs, and approved by the then Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State (Lord Falconer) in November 2004.
A total of 114 appointments, including 30 women candidates, have been made through the list of silk appointments, which was released by the Ministry on January 16. Their appointments will be formalized on March 16.
Salve pursued law from Nagpur University and kicked off his legal journey with JB Dadachandji & Co. in the year 1980. In 1992, he was designated as Senior by the Delhi High Court and he served as a Solicitor General for India until 2002. He is known for representing India before the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav extradition case.
Notably, Salve is not the first Indian to be appointed as a QC. Last year, White & Case Partner Dipen Sabharwal was made the QC.
A list of the recommended appointees may be accessed here.