Butler-Sloss first on QC selection panel

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the respected retiring president of the High Court Family Division, has been named as the first member of the new QC selection panel.

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the respected retiring president of the High Court Family Division, has been named as the first member of the new QC selection panel.

The announcement was made by Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva in her report to the Law Society Council on 23 February.

Butler-Sloss was nominated to the role by Edward Nally, the Law Society president, and chair of the Bar Council Guy Mansfield QC. She will eventually be joined on the panel by two solicitors, two barristers and four independent members.

The two solicitors will be chosen by Nally from those who responded to an advertisement seeking applications, and are expected to be in place by mid-March.

Meanwhile, another competition is ongoing to select the independent panel members, who will be picked by an appointments panel comprising a solicitor and a barrister, to be nominated by Nally and Mansfield. The solicitor and barrister, who have not yet been named, will choose a third, independent member of the appointments panel.

Paraskeva also said that work is ongoing on appointing staff for the new QC selection body, as is the search for premises, equipment and the design of a logo. It is expected that the scheme will open for applications during the first half of the year.