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Punjab's son on Britain's royal panel of lawyers

Joe Sidhu, 46, has brought more laurels to Punjab by getting the prestigious appointment as counsel to Queen Elizabeth, becoming a member of the core team that helps the British royal family in legal matters. Son of Pritam Singh Sidhu, a renowned Punjabi author from Ludhiana, Joe is among only 88 people, including four Asians, to have been approved for the position by the queen.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2012 15:39 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal

Joe Sidhu, 46, has brought more laurels to Punjab by getting the prestigious appointment as counsel to Queen Elizabeth, becoming a member of the core team that helps the British royal family in legal matters.

Son of Pritam Singh Sidhu, a renowned Punjabi author from Ludhiana, Joe is among only 88 people, including four Asians, to have been approved for the position by the queen.

The appointment was made after a rigorous annual selection contest and was given only to those lawyers who were identified as being advocates of the highest ability. Only the top 8 % of barristers in the UK were awarded this distinction till date, according to Joe, who resides in London and is nowadays in Patiala to meet relatives.

He told Hindustan Times that he felt immensely honoured to have received this appointment. "When my parents went to the UK, they practically had nothing. They worked hard in menial jobs before their professional qualifications were recognised," he said.

"Speaking on the behalf of others has always been my passion and I feel privileged to have made a contribution to the criminal justice system. But I never forget that this achievement would have been impossible without the support and encouragement of my family, friends and the numerous well-wishers of the Asian community who have kept me going through the years," he added.

Sidhu was born in Perivale, and attended schools in Southall. In 1984, he won a place to read philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford, followed by a master's degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics.

In 1993, he was called to the Bar.