175 lawyers take silk including a record number of women

A record number of lawyers have been appointed silk in the first round of appointments for three years, with 175 new QCs informed of their awards today (18 July).

A preliminary list of commercial sets shows few surprises, with most chambers winning one or two new QCs from among the bar’s most respected senior juniors.

7 King’s Bench Walk leads the list with six new silks, while Essex Court Chambers has five new appointments.

There is also a record number of female silks, with at least 11 women already confirmed and information yet to come from criminal or family sets and solicitors’ firms.

4 Stone Buildings’ Jonathan Crow and 11 King’s Bench Walk’s Philip Sales, both First Treasury Juniors, are both understood to have been appointed silk in a surprising move. Traditionally ‘Treasury Devils’ have gone on from their roles as counsel for the government straight to the High Court.

The pair are expected to step down from their government roles on being appointed, leaving the way clear for new treasury juniors.

Other new silks include Blackstone Chambers’ employment star Dinah Rose, noted IP junior James Mellor of 8 New Square, and 3/4 South Square’s rated insolvency practitioner Antony Zacaroli.

The full list is due to be officially announced by the Department for Constitutional Affairs later this week.