A bill reinstating the legal title of Queen's Counsel has passed its latest hurdle in Parliament.
In 2008, the Labour-led Government removed the rank of QC, replacing it with the title of senior counsel for top-tier lawyers.
The Lawyers and Conveyancers Amendment Bill would reverse the change.
The legislation has sat untouched ever since being reported back from the Justice select committee in April last year.
The bill passed its second reading by 63 votes to 56 and will now go to a clause-by-clause debate.