In a statement first published in Lawyers Weekly, the Australian Bar Association (ABA) confirmed that QC appointees will automatically become KCs upon King Charles III’s accession to the throne.
Following the death of Her Majesty Elizabeth II earlier this morning Australian time (September 9), appointments of people as Queen’s Counsel by Letters Patent are continuing automatically, the ABA has confirmed.
“According to custom, these people, on the death of His Majesty, became the “King’s Counsel” (or “KC”). They did not need to apply for new Letters Patent of Appointment or take any other action,” the association explained in a statement.
Similarly, the UK-based Bar Counsel has been advised by the Crown Office that QCs are becoming KCs with immediate effect.
Speaking after Her Majesty’s death, ABA President Dr Matt Collins AM KC said Queen Elizabeth “has served the people of Australia, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with dignity, unfailing compassion, intelligence and grace for seven remarkable decades.”
“Throughout this period Australia has been very well served and owes much of its stability and prosperity to the institutions and traditions of Westminster of which Her Majesty has been a vital and wise guardian,” he said. he proclaimed.
“On this sad day, the legal profession joins in mourning her Majesty and offers our best wishes to her successor, King Charles III.”
The ABA, on behalf of more than 6,000 Australian lawyers, has offered its heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family on the death.