Barristers brave sub-zero conditions to celebrate new silk status

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Barristers have taken to social media to trumpet their new-found silk status — and even snow flurries and plummeting temperatures couldn’t put a dampener on the celebrations.

In what is now a social media tradition, barristers deemed worthy of QC status have shared images of themselves en route to or at the Silks Day ceremony wearing full-bottomed wigs, silver-buckled shoes and white gloves. In December, we reported that 272 lawyers had put themselves forward for consideration by the QC Appointments Commission. One-hundred-and-nineteen eventually received the nod, equating to a success rate of 44%.

A trio of Wilberforce Chambers barristers braved the February cold for a quick photograph outside chambers before heading to the ceremony at Westminster Hall.

Doughty Street Chambers‘ Angela Patrick couldn’t resist poking fun at those taking silk today.

But the winter weather wasn’t going to ruin this 4 Pump Court barrister’s big day.

Hardwicke‘s PJ Kirby QC advised those celebrating to pack their thermal tights.

His chambers mate, Charlie Bagot, also made silk today. Legal Cheek interviewed him last year about his experience of being a judge and a practising barrister.

If thermal tights aren’t your thing, Blackstone Chambers‘ Nick De Marco QC avoided the winter chill by travelling in style.

Quadrant Chambers duo Thomas Macey-Dare QC and Yash Kulkarni QC posed for a photograph in their rather cosy looking horse hairs.

Even we couldn’t resist a wander round legal London as the snow began to fall.

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When the identities of the new silks were first revealed, we reported that 18 lawyers from ethnic minority backgrounds had secured the prestigious title, the highest number ever recorded. In addition, success rates among 2017 female applicants rose. From 50 wannabe silks, 32 were successful (64%), a notable improvement on 2016’s 55% and 2015’s 52%.

Congratulations to all those who received their title today.

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