Use of the title Special Counsel

After conducting an enquiry into the use of the term “special counsel”, the Legal Practice Board has decided to take no action prohibiting or otherwise restricting its use.

However, the Board cautions firms to be mindful of their legal obligation not to mislead the court, members of the public, other practitioners and their clients regarding the skill or expertise purportedly held by solicitors employed by the firm and reserves the right to deal with matters where that obligation is shown to have been breached.