QC appointments slip to all time low with 84 made up

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  • What's this about a "quota" under the old system? There never was a quota.

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  • The Silk appointments system is no longer a good determinant of ability. The system has been "cracked" by consultants who tell candidates what to put on their forms; they then pretty much guarantee success. If the QCA are to retain any credibility then they must introduce an examination filter; as is now universally used for appointments to Recorder and Deputy District Judge. In terms of numbers, it is telling that the Hong Kong Bar which is about 15% of the size of the English Bar, only recruits 3 Silks each year. If QC is to remain a badge of excellence urgent reform is needed.

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  • @Anonymous | 27-Feb-2013 10:40 am - I think you are mistaken. The HK bar is notoriously protectionist. Also, anyone with half an ounce of knowledge of the Bar here will look down the list and spot any number of extremely talented practitioners. And as someone who knows a number of applicant who have used consultants to assist with applications, I can assure you that they are no guarantee of success!

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  • Sa’ad Hossain - top quality and a really nice bloke. Well deserved.

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  • With the exception of a maybe one handful, a mediocre/solid bunch at best elevated this year. It never ceases to amaze me that top flight senior juniors, who have effectively had a "Silks" practice for years, and are undoubted leaders in their fields, get turned over year on year.

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  • City Lawyer, this isn't a "mediocre" list (and I am not on it, btw).

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  • Who will be looking to move chambers?

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  • City Lawyer at 1.46pm is hilarious. He is obviously a failed Senior Junior in disguise. How long have you been in the Seven Stars this afternoon ? ;-)

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  • City lawyer, get back in your box. There are many stellar barristers on here. Richly deserved recognition and status for their skills at the bar.

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  • In response to Radar, at 5.07, I am a Senior Associate Insurance litigator, at a top 20 firm, not a Barrister!?

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