Chair of the Bar congratulates new QC appointments

21 December 2017

Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, has congratulated the 119 new Queen's Counsel who were today appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, David Lidington MP, following consideration by the independent Queen's Counsel Selection Panel. 

Andrew Langdon QC said: "Becoming a Silk involves an extremely rigorous selection process and so I congratulate all of the candidates on their achievements. The award and the QC suffix it brings is acknowledged beyond our jurisdiction as a clear recognition of the exceptionally high standards of advocacy that can be expected of the Bar of England & Wales.

"It is encouraging to see a diverse selection of QC's appointed this year. As a profession of all and for all, it is important our most senior advocates reflect the communities we serve." 

"Despite more encouraging diversity figures from this year's intake, it is important that we continue to make progress. The Bar Council's Silk Mentoring scheme is just one initiative aimed at supporting barristers seeking Silk, irrespective of their background."