4 NRIs appointed Queen’s Counsels

London: A leading London-based barrister Kalyani Kaul and three others of Indian origin have been appointed Queen’s Counsels (QCs) by the Queen.

Fifty-year-old Kalyani, who has handled high-profile cases in the UK, is one of the 120 QCs appointed this year and one of the four NRIs chosen. She is currently working as a Recorder and presides over hearings in county courts.

The other three NRI QCs appointed this year are Poonam Arjandas Melwani, Rajiv Menon and Rohan Anthony Pershad.

Queen’s Counsel is a status conferred by the Crown that is recognized by courts. Mem-bers have the privilege of sitting within the Bar of court.

Kalyani, who was the third highest paid barrister in terms of legal aid payments in 2005, said: “I am still a Recorder, specializing in serious crime cases.

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