A Newcastle barrister will be appointed to Her Majesty’s Queen’s Counsel at a London ceremony next month.
Nicholas Stonor, a child care, family and court of protection barrister of Trinity Chambers will receive the appointment at a Westminster Hall ceremony on February 16.
Appointments of Queen’s Counsel reflect excellence in advocacy and follow an extensive application and interview process.
Mr Stonor is one of 93 appointments made in the 2014-2015 competition, and the move will make him one of only four Family Silks in the North East.
He was called to the Bar in 1993 and heads up Trinity’s Family team. Mr Stonor is also a member of Chambers’ Court of Protection practice group.
Mr Stonor was recently recognised by the legal directory Chambers UK 2015, which said that he “demonstrates specialist expertise in cases that have particularly complex medical components to the evidence. He frequently acts on behalf of guardians and family members, and is praised for his ability to establish an easy rapport with his clients.
“He pays close attention to detail, and is always forensic and thorough in his preparation. He is a formidable adversary who is unfailingly courteous.”
Another legal directory, Legal 500 2014, said he was “extremely calm and reassuring in the most trying of circumstances.”
Appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Christopher Grayling, following consideration by the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.
To be appointed Queen’s Counsel barristers must have practiced law for at least 10 years. The honor means the barrister has the right to wear a silk gown and take precedence over other barristers in the court.
Head of Chambers Toby Hedworth QC and the members and staff at Trinity, congratulated Mr Stonor on his appointment.
With nearly 80 barristers, Trinity Chambers operates from its historic premises at The Custom House on Newcastle’s Quayside, in addition to those in the heart of Middlesbrough.
Trinity’s barristers specialise in a range of practice areas, including agriculture, business, crime and licensing – among many others.