Four women across the top 10 commercial and chancery sets were awarded silk on Friday (26 February), with Eversheds partner Marcus Trinick the only solicitor-advocate to be made up.
Energy partner Trinick told The Lawyer his advocacy experience did not extend to the High Court, adding: “I think I’ll stick to the tribunals and enquiries.”
He said he had been encouraged to apply for QC status by William Norris QC of 39 Essex Street because of his advocacy experience in public inquiries. “I do nine or 10 a year in isolation,” Trinick commented.
The appointments panel selected 129 new QCs out of the 275 who applied. Of the 46 applications from female candidates, 20 have been made up - four of whom belong to top 10 sets. This compares with an overall 16 who were awarded silk last year.
Doughty Street Chambers, Fountain Court and 11KBW were the biggest winners with five new QCs apiece.
Brick Court Chambers, the leading set, achieved three QC appointments, Essex Court received two and One Essex Court gained one.
In 2004 the Law Society and Bar Council overhauled how QCs were selected by putting in place an independent body made up of four non-lawyers, two solicitors, two barristers and a retired judge. This came after the process was criticised for being too lengthy, costly and shrouded in secrecy.