Bar Council congratulates new silk appointments

14 January 2015

The Bar Council has congratulated those appointed Queen's Counsel in the 2014-2015 competition.

 Among the 93 appointments are: 

  • 25 women applicants of the 42 who applied, compared with 18 out of 42 women applicants last year
  • 10 applicants who declared an ethnic origin other than white of the 24 who applied, compared with 13 out of 32 such applicants last year
  • Nine applicants aged over 50 years of the 35 who applied, compared with 11 over 50 years appointed last year. The youngest successful applicant on this occasion is 38 years old and the oldest is 58
  • Five solicitor advocates of the nine who applied. Five solicitor advocates were also appointed in 2013-14, and
  • Three of the six applicants who declared a disability. Last year, five applicants who declared a disability were appointed.

The new appointees announced today will formally become silks when they make their declaration before the Lord Chancellor at the ceremony on 16 February 2015.

Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, said:

"Congratulations to all new silk appointments for the 2014-2015 competition. The selection process is demanding, and only a limited number of senior barristers are made Queen's Counsel as a mark of outstanding ability and excellence in advocacy.

"We do note with concern the reduction in applications by BAME barristers. Whilst still having a similar success rate compared to other applicants, BAME applications fell compared to last year.

'The Bar Council is pleased to see the real progress made by women and ethnic minority barristers in the latest appointments to silk. Their increased success rates in securing silk is encouraging, although overall the Bar has still a long way to go before QCs reflect the diversity of the barrister population."


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Notes to editors:

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and Press@BarCouncil.org.uk.

2. The process for the award of Queen's Counsel was agreed between the Bar Council and the Law Society and approved by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Falconer) in 2004. The Selection Panel carried out an initial competition under the new arrangements in 2005-06 and now conducts competitions on an annual basis. For further information about application and selection for Queen's Counsel visit the QC Appointments website.

3. The  Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board