Taking Silk


Silk A limited number of senior barristers are made Queen's Counsel as a mark of outstanding ability. Most senior judges once practised as QCs.  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 see the QC Appointments website, and here for FAQs for applicants.