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Silk round 2011 – reaction and the chambers perspective – Legal Week

“Three sets of barristers’ chambers will each gain four new queen’s counsel (QC) next month as part of a 2011 silk round that saw applicants enjoy the highest success rate since 1995.”

Full story

Legal Week, 16th March 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

Queen’s counsel: the merits of giving the best advocates a badge of excellence – The Guardian

“The increase in the proportion of women and ethnic minorities on the new Queen’s counsel list is something the Ministry of Justice should celebrate.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales, 2010-11 – Ministry of Justice

“Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of 120 new Queen’s Counsel.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 1st March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Five Minutes With: Jonathan Sumption QC – BBC News

“Jonathan Sumption QC is considered by many to be the UK’s top barrister, having represented the government in the Hutton Inquiry as well as arguing against them in court.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Civil unrest as criminal QC appointments escalate – The Lawyer

“The QC appointments panel reduced dramatically the number of civil ­barristers who made silk in the 2010 competition, raising ­concerns about whether the appointments process is ­fundamentally flawed.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 8th March 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Only one solicitor among new QC appointments – Law Society’s Gazette

“Just one solicitor was among the 129 Queen’s Counsel appointments announced by the lord chancellor today in the fourth competition run by the independent selection panel.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

QC aspirants think again as LSA casts pall over bar – The Lawyer

“Concerns about the future stability of the bar are having a knock-on effect on the number of barristers applying to become QCs, leading barristers have warned.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 1st February 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar revolution forces QCs to mind their Ps and Qs as clients gain the upper hand – The Lawyer

“While many firms have spent the last 12 months trying to insulate themselves against the recession, the Chancery Bar has been evolving into a new beast.”

Full story

The Lawyer,  25th May 2009

Source: www.thelawyer.com

QC appointment review rejects proposals for radical change – Law Society Gazette

“The former head of the Queen’s Counsel selection panel has rejected Law Society proposals that would have increased the number of solicitors eligible to apply.”

Full story

Law Society Gazette, 14th May 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Nichol Review of QC System Endorsed The Revised Procedure – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council and the Law Society have today published the report of Sir Duncan Nichol CBE’s review of Queen’s Counsel Appointments.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 8th May 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales, 2009 – Ministry of Justice

“Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of 104 new Queen’s Counsel.”

Full list of QCs 

Ministry of Justice, 19th February 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New QC appointments round sees 104 take silk – Legal Week

“The latest round of QC appointments has been announced today (19 February), with more than a hundred barristers claiming the elite kitemark.”

Full story

Legal Week, 19th February 2009

Source: www.legalweek.com

Sir Duncan Nichol CBE’s Review of the QC Appointment System Welcomed by the Bar Council and the Law Society – The Bar Council

“Sir Duncan Nichol CBE’s review of the Queen’s Counsel Appointment System was jointly commissioned by the Bar Council and the Law Society in September 2008.  The terms of reference of the review included considering whether it would be appropriate to re-affirm the purpose of the award; the forms of excellence that it is intended to recognise; and the range of criteria against which applicants for the award are assessed. ”

Full story

The Bar Council, 13th January 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Choice of QCs still biased, solicitors say – The Times

“A Law Society survey finds that even after being reformed, the system for appointing new silks has its critics.”

Full story

The Times, 12th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

QC selection process: survey results – Law Society News

“In our recent Law Society survey, solicitors criticised the system for the award of Silk. Our survey sought members’ views about their experience of the process and the Society’s future stance towards Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA’s).”

Full survey results

Law Society News, 8th January 2009

Source: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/newsandevents/news.law

QC applications slump again in 2008 – Legal Week

“The QC appointments process for 2008 has got off to a rocky start after it was revealed this week that applications for the elite kitemark have fallen by more than a quarter from last year’s figure.”

Full story

Legal Week, 16th May 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Honorary Queen’s Counsel 2008 – Ministry of Justice

“Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of five Queen’s Counsel honoris causa.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2008

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Fewer women among new QC appointments – The Times

“Fewer women and ethnic minority lawyers make the cut among 98 new silks despite an appointment system aimed at promoting diversity.”

Full story

The Times, 22nd January 2008
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

QC selection: worth the wait for elite 98 – Legal Week

“The latest round of QC appointments has finally been made public – 18 months after the previous batch of silks were appointed – with just under 100 barristers set to claim the elite kite-mark.”

Full story

Legal Week, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Related link: QC Appointments: list in full – The Times

New Bar Council head Dutton moves to ensure revamped silk round really is an annual event – Legal Week

“Newly-appointed Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton QC has called for an improvement in the QC selection process to make sure it is completed annually, warning that an overly bureaucratic system could put candidates off.”

Full story

Legal Week, 10th January 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

QC body: this year’s silk round to miss this year – Legal Week

“The relaunched QC body is unlikely to finalise its new appointment round this year in a development that will raise questions about the future of the silks system.”

Full story

Legal Week, 18th October 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com


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