Chambers make use of imaginary silks system

Chambers have already begun touting as quasi-QCs some of their juniors who would have got silk this year had appointments in 2004 not been suspended.

8 New Square senior clerk John Call said: “The practice of one of my barristers is such that we’re marketing him as a senior advocate.” The intellectual property barrister, James Mellor, has led his last two cases, including an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration.

Several other sets said they have told clients to deal with some juniors as if they were silks.

However, this is not everyone’s view. David Goddard, senior clerk at 4 Stone Buildings, said: “If you have an outstanding junior, then you put the rates up anyway. But we’re not marketing them as silks because I think the QC system will return.”