Leading counsel

LEADING COUNSEL, English, law. When there are two or more counsel employed on the same side in a cause, he who has the principal management of the cause, is called the leading counsel, as distinguished from the other, who is called the junior counsel.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Pickwick by the coat sleeve, the little man led him to the low seat just beneath the desks of the King's Counsel, which is constructed for the convenience of attorneys, who from that spot can whisper into the ear of the leading counsel in the case, any instructions that may be necessary during the progress of the trial.
"Colonel Ingram is leading counsel for the company.
Senior lawyer Munir A Malik is the leading counsel for Justice Qazi Faez Isa.
The first is Alasdair Sutherland, who is a practising advocate at the Scottish Bar where he is regarded as a leading counsel for planning and environment.
Khawaja Haris, leading counsel for the Sharif family, cross examined the witnesses.
After two years the inquiry is now onto its third chairperson Alexis Jay and because of a reported conflict of personality relating to the inquiry's terms of reference the leading counsel, a barrister Ben Emerson, having earned a lot of money at PS400,000 over the two years, has now left.
He has acted as leading counsel for either defence or prosecution in more than 100 homicide cases.
Birmingham Crown Court was told the proceedings could not continue because of illness to Robert Juckes QC, leading counsel for the prosecution.
He has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including being leading counsel for the inquiry into the Guildford and Woolwich Pub bombings.
The judge on Tuesday had reserved the judgment on an application filed by the Sharif family's leading counsel Khawaja Haris that neither the JIT's report nor any opinion drawn by the investigation officer could be brought on record as admissible evidence under the law.
It has gone beyond our comprehension who is leading counsel of Musharraf despite the fact we were told that arguments would be completed till May, 11.
Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward told MPs leading counsel in the Robert Hamill inquiry can claim pounds 200-an-hour for the work.