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Falling QC appointments reflect fears for criminal Bar’s prospects

QC appointments have declined for the fourth year running with the number of applicants also on a downward path.

In this year’s annual silk round, announced on 27 February, just 84 QCs were appointed from a total of 183 applicants. This was down from 88 awards in 2012 and 120 in 2011 from 214 and 251 applications respectively.