Top hon­our for one of SA’s most high-pro­file ad­vo­cates

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Staff Re­porter

SOUTH AFRICAN se­nior coun­sel Jeremy Gauntlett, pic­tured, has been ap­proved by the UK’s Queen, on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Lord Chan­cel­lor, Lynda Truss MP, for el­e­va­tion to the ranks of Queen’s Coun­sel.

Gauntlett, who han­dled some of the coun­try’s high-pro­file cases, in­clud­ing rep­re­sent­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in the Nkandla mat­ter last year, said the in­vesti­ture would take place in Lon­don next month.

The for­mer Sir Al­fred Beit Scholar and law grad­u­ate at Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity prac­tises from cham­bers in Cape Town, Joburg and Lon­don. He is past chair­per­son of the South African Bar, judge of ap­peal of Le­sotho and Law Re­form Com­mis­sioner.

Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity said the award of Queen’s Coun­sel was for ex­cel­lence in ad­vo­cacy in the higher courts. “It is made to ad­vo­cates who have rights of au­di­ence in the higher courts of Eng­land and Wales and have demon­strated the com­pe­ten­cies in the Com­pe­tency Frame­work to a stan­dard of ex­cel­lence,” the univer­sity said. Gauntlett has been a Vis­it­ing Scholar at Ox­ford, Univer­sity Col­lege, Lon­don and the Bing­ham Cen­tre.

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