QC in waiting: Christopher Boyle

Barristers who applied for silk in the latest round have learned their fate. Here, successful QC applicants answer questions about life at the bar, the silk process, and which actor would play them in a film

Christopher Boyle
Christopher Boyle

Name: Christopher Boyle

Set: Landmark Chambers

Call: 1994

What was your first-ever job?

Draftsman emanuensis for architect with delirium tremens.

Which barrister most helped shape your career? Why?

Invidious. I could name five key individuals past and present to whom my gratitude is unbounded.

Which case was your most memorable as a junior barrister?

Hatchfield Farm, Newmarket (I still bear the scars).

Why did you apply for silk?

Ask the Walrus.

What was the most challenging part of the silk application process?

The form requires a distasteful degree of self-promotion.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

Reading jurisprudence at Oxford; entirely unnecessary for practising at the bar.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Remembering names: witnesses, cases, clients.

Where will you celebrate taking silk?


If you weren’t a barrister what would you have been?


What book are you currently reading?

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne.

If a film was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

James Mason (dec’d).