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Queen's Counsel (plural Queen's Counsel or Queen's Counsels, abbreviation QC)

  1. (UK, Canada, New Zealand, occasionally Australia) An honorific status officially conferred on senior or meritorious barristers (and occasionally other kinds of lawyer) during the reign of a queen.
    • 2003, Lisa Pulitzer, Murder in Paradise: The Mystery Surrounding the Murder of American Lois Livingston McMillen, New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, →ISBN, page 166:
      Archibald was one of two Queen’s Counsels on Tortola, a distinguished title that permitted attorneys to be seated at the lead defense table when arguing a case before the court.
    • 2020, Brian Deer, “Unblinded”, in The Doctor Who Fooled the World: Andrew Wakefield’s War on Vaccines, Brunswick, Vic.: Scribe Publications, →ISBN:
      Barr’s three Queen’s Counsel absorbed Kawashima as they pored over reports from both sides.
  2. (UK, historical) A barrister or advocate appointed by the Crown during the reign of a queen.

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