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King’s Counsel Appointments

15 February 2024

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Farrelly and Jonathan Polnay are to be appointed as King’s Counsel (KC).  The 2024 Silk appointment ceremony will take place at Westminster Hall in March. 

King Charles III has approved the appointment of 95 barristers and solicitors as King’s Counsel in England and Wales. A ceremony at Westminster Hall on 18th March will take place where the Lord Chancellor will formally swear in the new silks. The title of KC is awarded to those who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy. 

Joint Head of Chambers, Sarah Forshaw KC said:

"The award of King’s Counsel is for ‘excellence in advocacy’. That is the standard we seek to achieve at 5 King’s Bench Walk. We could not be more proud and delighted that two of our home-grown advocates, Jonathan Polnay and Catherine Farrelly, are to be appointed King’s Counsel in 2024. Firm friends, they started out as pupils together at 5 King’s Bench Walk in 2000/2001. Both are true stars; hugely impressive advocates with unrivalled judgment. That they are, each of them, also thoroughly likeable and fiercely popular is the icing on the cake.“

Congratulations from everyone at 5KBW