Veteran litigator calls for Ontario to reinstitute KC designation

John Campion says that the late AG, Ian Scott, abolished QCs but kept his grandfathered QC when he returned to practice.

By Julius Melnitzer | December 2, 2022

A veteran litigator’s call for Ontario to reinstitute the King’s Counsel designation appears to be gaining significant professional support.

John Campion, currently a partner at Toronto’s Gardiner Roberts LLP, recently posted his views on LinkedIn, where comments have been uniformly positive.

Perhaps that’s because Campion knows of which he speaks: he’s been practising for 50 years, including 44 at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, where he was chair of the litigation department from 1992-96. A four-time bencher between 2000-15, he was president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada from 2008-12.

Campion’s vision, however, differs from tradition.

“A KC designation should not be solely honorific but should be based on merit with quality control.” READ MORE

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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