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Six new Queen's Counsel appointed
Two serving sheriffs and four practising advocates have been appointed Queen’s Counsel in Scotland, on the recommendation of First Minister Alex Salmond.
Sheriff James A Farrell and Sheriff Roderick J MacLeod have been awarded the rank, along with advocates Kenneth McBrearty, Gillian A Wade, David H Sheldon and Catherine Dowdalls.
Approved by HM the Queen, the appointees were nominated by the Lord Justice General, Lord Gill. With his agreement, Elaine Noad acted as an observer of the process and provided the First Minster with a separate report on her findings.
Before making recommendations, the Lord Justice General consults other judges, the Lord Advocate, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the President of the Law Society of Scotland.