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Return to form for Queen’s Counsel as 100 advocates take silk


Latest QC promotions round the largest in three years

In stark contrast with the recent decline in the number of Queen’s Counsel (QC) appointments, the latest round announced in February saw 100 advocates awarded the elite kitemark, up by 19% on last year’s all-time-low figure of just 84.

The number of applicants rose this year to 225, in what may be interpreted as the litmus test of confidence in the wider economy, after queries were raised from within the profession over whether previous drops were a reflection of not just the £2,000 cost of applying to become a QC, but also fears that the associated higher rates would not be supported by cash-strapped clients.