Posh cars (and even a horse-drawn carriage) descend on Westminster as barristers celebrate new silk status

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By Thomas Connelly on

And there were plenty of full bottomed wigs and silver buckled shoes too


There was a notable influx of full bottomed wigs and silver buckled shoes on social media earlier today, which can only mean one thing — it’s QC appointment day.

In what is quickly becoming a tradition within the profession, barristers — who have to cough up £2,160 each just to be considered by the appointments committee — have taken to Twitter to trumpet their new silk status.

This year, 113 barristers were deemed worthy enough to receive the coveted QC title. Of those who were given the nod back in January, just 31 (27%) are women, leaving men to scoop up the other 82 (73%) awards. This marks a marginal improvement on last year’s gender breakdown, when females accounted for 25 (23%) of the appointments, and men 82 (77%).

With the bar’s great and good descending on Westminster Hall this morning, Red Lion Chambers’ Kate Bex chose to arrive in style, punting for a horse drawn carriage.

Which appeared to feature its very own bubble machine.

Meanwhile St Philips Stone Chambers’ Dr Colin Ong opted for a classic motor.

Other fancy-looking cars arrived at Temple to whisk barristers off to Westminster.

Garden Court’s Di Middleton was chauffeured to the special event in what looked like a limousine.

While another barrister posed alongside a classic Roller.

But one newly-appointed silk enjoyed a more modest form of transport on the return journey.

Congratulations to all those who received their title today.

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