With The Death Of The Queen Comes A Change In Title For Elite Lawyers

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It will certainly take some time to get used to ‘KC’. I imagine there will be a few slip ups over the next few months as lawyers, judges and clients adjust to the new title.

— King’s Counsel Jeffrey Sullivan, a London-based partner at Gibson Dunn, commenting in an interview with Reuters on the change in title for elite litigators who used to be known as “Queen’s Counsel” or “QC” prior to Queen Elizabeth’s death last week. “KC has a sort of ancient ring to it,” Paul Mitchard, a King’s Counsel and retired partner at Skadden Arps, told Reuters. “The change of our names will be a constant reminder that the Queen has gone,” said KC Lord Peter Goldsmith, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton who served as the UK’s attorney general from 2001 to 2007.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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