A Payton the back for Clydes’ QC

The annual QC appointments are in and congratulations to the 88 barristers extraordinaire who took silk (see story).

In the latest round of appointments, women continued to enjoy a higher success rate than men, though they still only made up 26 per cent of the latest class. Minority ethnics, meanwhile, made up nearly 7 per cent of the total crop.

Much more interesting, however, is the honorary QC list – the legal profession’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

Last year, former Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham was the most high-profile legal eagle to get the nod. This year it was Clyde & Co’s statesmanlike senior partner Michael Payton. Another notable to get the badge of honour was Bindmans’ head of public law and human rights Stephen Grosz.

Still, for those that bemoan the irrelevancy of the honorary award, at least it costs nothing. One QC recently told The Lawyer how, after paying for dinners for his referees and throwing celebration parties for his set and instructing solicitors, on top of the application fees, the process of applying to become a silk cost him more than his wedding.

Unlike brides, however, at least silks can wear their dress every day.