A Kamloops lawyer is one of 26 recipients of the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel (QC) for this year.
Brad Smith was called to the bar in 2000 and served as a prosecutor with the Prosecution Service of Canada for more than 10 years before establishing his criminal defence practice in Kamloops.
As a prosecutor, Smith dealt with major drug cases involving organized crime.
He now serves primarily as defence counsel, as well as ad hoc prosecutor, for federal and provincial Crown counsel.
He received his bachelor and master of laws degrees from Osgoode Hall in 1999.
The QC recipients for 2019 reflect a wide range of legal practice, including commercial, administrative and criminal law.
Some have a specific focus on Indigenous law, human rights, immigration, international conflict, medical law and commercial crime.
They include lawyers in private practice, government and academia.
“We recognize the recipients of the Queen’s counsel title for their excellent performance and dedication to the legal system,” B.C. Attorney General David Eby said.
“I congratulate these exceptional lawyers and thank them for their contributions to the people of British Columbia and to the legal profession.”
Potential candidates for the QC designation must be members of the B.C. bar for a minimum of five years and be nominated by their peers.
An advisory committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the attorney general.
There were 163 nominations submitted for an honorary QC title this year.
Currently, there are 499 QCs out of approximately 12,700 practising members of the bar.