The government has announced the appointment of seven new family law QCs.
QCs, or Queen’s Counsels, are senior lawyers with different legal specialities. Most are practising barristers. They can apply for this prestigious title after acquiring significant expertise and a solid reputation. Appointment – by a nine-member selection panel – confers the right to wear a special silk gown in court, so new QCs are often referred to as having ‘taken silk’, or simply as ‘silks’.
No less than 119 new QCs have now been announced. The seven new family law silks consist of three women and four men, each from different sets in London and Cardiff:
- Sam King of 4 Paper Buildings
- Vanessa Meachin of 3PB
- Gemma Taylor of 42 Bedford Row
- Nicholas Allen of 29 Bedford Row Chambers
- Michael Glaser of Fourteen
- Owen Thomas of 9 Park Place
- Nicholas Yates of 1 Hare Court
A total of 50 women applied to be QCs and 32 were successful. Thirty-three applicants came from ethnic minorities and 18 were successful.
The new QCs will take their oaths of office at a ceremony before the Lord Chancellor on 26 February.
Photo of barristers’ wigs by ASC Shakespeare Camp 2013 via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence