As smooth as silk

Despite the glee with which many received the news of One Essex Court's failure to secure any new silks, there was a more significant omission from this year's list.

No solicitor-advocates have been deemed to have the necessary experience and seniority to be worthy of those two little letters. This, after another year of Linklaters and friends banging the drum about in-house capability and claims of dramatically cutting the cost of outsourcing to the bar. No matter what they say, when the major deals turn ugly, it is still the bar that solicitors turn to.