News Litigation Law firms The Bar Clifford Chance’s Popham becomes honorary QC as 120 take silk By Margaret Taylor 1 March 2011 13:14 17 December 2015 15:17 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Gatsby 1 March 2011 at 14:12 Good for him. A truer gent would be hard to find in the City Reply Link mary 1 March 2011 at 16:29 Hmmmm, still not a very diverse list. Will the upper echelons of the bar always be peopled by white men???? Well done to everyone none the less. Even Mr Popham! He’s not even a litigator is he??? Reply Link Anonymous 1 March 2011 at 16:37 It doesn’t look like the revised silk appointments process is really making much difference in the diversity stakes, does it? Several years in and no huge improvement – particularly in application numbers. Reply Link Vercingetorix 1 March 2011 at 17:38 Did Popham have to apply for this? Reply Link John 2 March 2011 at 10:04 Diversity, diversity, diversity. Can’t think of anything intelligent to say? No, let’s make a sarcastic comment about diversity then. Reply Link Chris 3 March 2011 at 11:25 Diversity can only occur if the pool of applicants is diverse. To say that the revised silk appointments isn’t making much difference because of a lack of diversity is unreflective of the fact that they pool of applicants is not diverse. The real problem with diversity harks back far further than the silk appointments. To address it, we need to look at our education system and the diversity of individuals with the ability to succeed at the Bar. That said, the Bar now ranks pretty well in the diversity stakes. One would, therefore, expect to see more “diverse” silk appointments as the system filters itself. On another note – diversity should not play a part in silk appointments. This isn’t a box ticking exercise. It shouldn’t matter if you’re black, brown, blue, green or white. If you have the ability and meet the criteria – it is likely you will make the grade. Reply Link jackie and jack sheldon 3 March 2011 at 18:59 congratulations to our son Clive Sheldon on his appointment as QC Reply Link Sharan Kaur 4 March 2011 at 21:37 Congratulations to all. Good to see some ethnic minorities (albeit unreflective of the number at the Bar) in the list of names. Reply Link Judith Quinn 5 March 2011 at 17:04 Many Congratulations to Stephen William Cogley on taking silk. Reply Link KSD 6 March 2011 at 16:08 I was at Bar School with Ali Bajwa. It was pretty obvious the (1992) that he was something special and destined for Silk. He was a lovely guy, very modest and very very gifted. Well done, richly deserved. Reply Link Angalee Pandya 8 March 2011 at 11:16 Wishing Howard Shaw heartest congratulations. Well deserved! Reply Link Anonymous 9 March 2011 at 06:35 Diversity is I am sure a wonderful thing to achieve, but if it is at the expense of fewer white males, does that not mean that a working class, comprehensive product of a single mother such as myself is just pushed further to the back of the queue? Reply Link former CC associate 10 March 2011 at 12:30 Mr Popham certainly is an impressive man and lawyer. Very glad to hear about the appointment (as probably are many current and former CC lawyers and employees) Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.