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Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson and Solicitor-General Michael Heron have been appointed Queen's Counsel.
Prime Minister John Key said they received the appointments due to their career achievements and positions in the legal profession.
The appointments are the first to be made under recent amendments to the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 which restored the title of Queen's Counsel.
Mr Finlayson practised law in Wellington for more than 25 years before entering Parliament in 2005.
Mr Heron was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. He was a partner at Meredith Connell from 2000 to 2007 and at Russell McVeagh from 2007 until this year.
New Zealand Law Society president Jonathan Temm said the appointments were appropriate.
- Kate Shuttleworth of APNZ