Published on 12/03/12


St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Smith to the rank of Queen’s Counsel.
At only 37 years old and having been called in 1997, Andrew is the youngest barrister to be appointed this year and, more impressively, becomes the youngest ever criminal silk in England and Wales. In an incredibly strong competition only 88 QC’s have been appointed this year, which is around 40 less then previous years, which makes the achievement all the more remarkable.

Kevin Hegarty QC, Head of Chambers and fellow criminal Silk, said: “It is a real honour to be appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel and to achieve this at such a young age is testimony to Andrew’s hard work and dedication in delivering a first class legal service to both solicitors and lay clients. This has also been recognised by the local legal community who have shortlisted Andrew as a finalist for ‘Barrister of the Year’ at this year’s Birmingham Legal Awards.”

Andrew will be officially sworn-in by the Lord Chancellor, The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC, in a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on Friday 30th March.