Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of Hong Kong arbitration partner Matthew Gearing to Queen’s counsel. He is one of only five solicitor-advocates named in the roll call this year, which included the appointment of 95 barristers. Gearing will be formally appointed at a ceremony in London on 14 April 2014.
Conferment of silk is based on merit according to a rigorous framework of skills, experience and competencies. Candidates are assessed by an independent panel sitting in London. Recommendations are then made to the lord chancellor, who approves all appointments.
Gearing is a solicitor-advocate (England and Wales) and is qualified in Hong Kong. A specialist in international arbitration, he often appears as advocate in his cases.