The appointment of two new Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Queen’s Counsel was confirmed at a ceremony at the Supreme Court in Providenciales on Monday.
Turks and Caicos Islander Richard Savory of Savory & Co., and Stephen Wilson of Graham Thompson, have been recognised as having reached the required standard of excellence by the Islands’ former Chief Justice Sir Gordon Ward, who, before the end of his tenure, recommended them to the Queen through Governor Ric Todd.
Both men received their ‘Letters Patent’ from the governor signed on behalf of the Queen. The ceremony was presided over by current Chief Justice, Edwin Goldsbrough.
Queen’s Counsel status is recognised internationally as a hallmark of integrity and quality, and is relied on by the judiciary, the legal profession, the government, and members of the public.
The accolade also provides a goal that serves to encourage lawyers to improve their own professional qualities and to contribute positively in matters of law and justice.
While the legal profession is on the surface a private profession, it carries with it a number of public duties unlike those of the other professions. Lawyers are an essential part of the administration of justice, and are in a position to facilitate and improve the legal system of the country in which they operate.
In the 16th century, the designation of Queen's (or King’s) Counsel was given to advocates who, by reason of their rank, seniority and legal acumen, were engaged to represent the monarch of the day. Since the 18th century, it has signified a bestowal of high legal rank recognised by the Crown and judiciary.