The Bar Council is consulting all 14,000 barristers practising in England and Wales on how it should lobby Parliament on retaining the silk status.
A draft submission has been sent to all heads of chambers and counsel are to respond by 30 October. Ministers are due to respond to a consultation paper on the question of silks, which was issued in July.
The Bar Council is campaigning to retain the silks system on the basis that it provides a resource for public inquiries, denotes high quality in advocacy and is a means of promoting black and ethnic minority barristers.
Sir Colin Campbell, the commissioner for judicial appointments, voiced his support for the silks system at last Saturday’s (11 October) Annual Bar Conference.