Sixteen family lawyers were included amongst the latest batch of barristers to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.
This is an honorific title bestowed on senior lawyers, who thereby become entitled to use the initials QC. The process is informally known ‘taking silk’, after their gowns of office, and QCs themselves as ‘silks’.
The appointment of 16 new family lawyers represents a significant increase on last year, when only six were made QCs.
In total 113 new silks have been appointed: an overall – albeit modest – increase on 2016, when 107 barristers received the title.
No less than 198 male lawyers applied and 82 were successful – a success rate of more than 41 per cent. There were fewer female applicants, meanwhile, but their success rate was markedly higher: 56 applied and 31, or more than 55 per cent, were successful .
Meanwhile, 37 applicants came from ethic minority backgrounds and just over 43 per cent of these – 16 – were made QCs: the second highest percentage on record.