Senior Advocate and the former solicitor general of India, Harish Salve has been appointed as the Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales on 13 January 2020. The title of Queen’s Counsel is awarded to those who demonstrate particular skills and expertise in the conduct of advocacy. Salve will be formally appointed to the position on 16 March 2020.
Salve was, in 2013 admitted to the Bar in England and Wales and also joined the Blackstone Chambers. He is currently a barrister at the Chambers
The title of Queen’s Counsel is also known as ‘Silk’ and the appointment is made by the Queen herself on the advice of the Lord Chancellor who is in turn advised by an independent Selection Panel which receives and considers each application and then makes a recommendation as to the appointment.
The Queen’s Counsel refers to a group of senior lawyers, appointed from different Commonwealth countries. They are appointed through an individual letter to be one of “Her Majesty’s Counsel”. They are not different from regular lawyers but more long-serving as their status is given by the crown itself. They are often called as Silk appointments as they enjoy the privilege of sitting within the Bar of court wearing a silk gown of a special design.
Harish Salve has represented India in several important matters, the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in 2019 at the International Court of Justice which stayed the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav. He played a key role in Hydrabad Nizam fund case in which India won a decades-old legal dispute with Pakistan of over £35 M worth funds belonging to the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad.