Clifford Chance's Popham becomes honorary QC as 120 take silk

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  • Good for him. A truer gent would be hard to find in the City

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  • 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???

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  • 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.

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  • Did Popham have to apply for this?

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  • Diversity, diversity, diversity. Can't think of anything intelligent to say? No, let's make a sarcastic comment about diversity then.

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  • 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.

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  • congratulations to our son Clive Sheldon on his appointment as QC

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  • Congratulations to all. Good to see some ethnic minorities (albeit unreflective of the number at the Bar) in the list of names.

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  • Many Congratulations to Stephen William Cogley on taking silk.

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  • 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.

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